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21/04/2016

Europe exit threat to environmental policy

Words: Huw Morris

The UK’s membership of the EU has been a crucial factor in shaping the nation’s environmental policy for the past 40 years, according to a group of MPs.

The Commons Environmental Audit Committee said being part of the EU has improved environmental standards and given the UK a stronger voice in international negotiations.

Leaving the EU would threaten the UK’s air and water quality, biodiversity and countryside, it added.

While there has been “frustration” that EU policy can be difficult to change once introduced, the MPs believe this has benefits too as it allows longer term planning and greater certainty for businesses looking to make green investment decisions.

The committee also warned the UK might still have to abide by many European environmental laws without having a say over developing the policies if it votes to leave the EU.

EU and UK Environmental Policy is available at here.

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