The EU and the environment

Thursday 17th March 2016

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The potential policy and environmental consequences for the UK of a departure from the European Union

Most of the discussions about the upcoming referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU) have focused on issues like trade, business or immigration. But another crucial question is about the environmental consequences of the vote.

What impact would remaining in or leaving the EU have on our countryside and seas, rivers, beaches, woodlands, birds and all the other wildlife we love and cherish? What would the impact be on our air, food, water and climate? And how would a UK exit affect the delivery of environmental policy across the rest of the EU?

The Institute for European Environmental Policy’s (IEEP) report, The EU, the environment and potential consequences of a UK departure from the Union, examines the EU’s track record on the environment – what has been done well, and what less well – and how things could change if the UK were to leave the EU. The report was commissioned by The Wildlife Trusts, RSPB and WWF.

The report can be downloaded from the Institute for European Environmental Policy website.