“We are embarking on the biggest change in the way we are governed since we secured membership of the European Economic Community in 1973. Theresa May has said, “Brexit means Brexit”. At yesterday’s cabinet meeting, she ordered her ministers to stop debating whether Article 50 will be triggered. She wants a clear routemap for Britain leaving the European Union by 2020.”
This means that there is everything to lose for the environment and countryside protection. The environment knows no borders. Our wildlife, air quality and much more is protected by EU directives and regulations. Our farming practices are governed by the Common Agricultural Policy.
There is a lot to lose in the coming negotiations and preparations for leaving the EU. But there is also a lot to gain. Campaigners face a challenging time ahead as they try to negotiate a better environmental deal post-Brexit than we have now.
This eBulletin brings a briefing on the makeup of the new government and its early decisions. It also includes an analysis of the implications of Brexit.