A lot has happened since the UK voted to leave the European Union on 23 June. Prime Ministers have come and gone, Cabinet Ministers have been purged and promoted, and the main party of Opposition is engaged in another battle for its leadership, just a year after the last one.
With all this political upheaval, it’s possible to forget that the really important decisions about what happens after ‘Brexit’ have still to be made. These are the decisions about what policies – economic, social and, importantly, environmental – will be put in place following the referendum.
The UK’s environment is protected (though not well enough, we would say) by a latticework of laws – some UK-level, some devolved, some global …and many that started life in the EU. This web of laws protects rare wildlife and its habitats, keeps our air and water clean, and shapes how we farm our countryside and fish our seas and the action we take to tackle climate change.
So, whether you voted Remain or Leave on 23 June, we are asking you now – as someone who cares about our environment and its wildlife – to make your voice heard, and ensure that our MPs know we expect the UK to be just as green – and preferably greener – outside the EU.
Please ask your MP* to support the pledge to make the UK a world leader on the environment. Your personally worded appeal to your MP will make a difference, and the more MPs who sign, the more governments across the UK will know they must prioritise the environment in the negotiations to come.
Take action – ask your MP to sign the Pledge for the Environment.
*PS – Your MP might have signed the pledge already which is great – just thank them.