In or out? The EU and our environment

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What does the EU do for nature and natural resources?

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?

Most of the discussions about the 23rd June referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU) have focused on issues like trade, business or immigration, but what about the environmental consequences of the vote.

Read the Wildlife Trusts, WWF and RSPB  reports

The Wildlife Trusts, WWF and RSPB  have commissioned a joint report from the Institute of European Environmental Policy (IEEP), examining the potential policy and environmental consequences for the UK of a departure from the European Union (EU).

This report – The potential policy and environment consequences or the UK of a UK departure from the European Union – has been produced by independent experts at the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), and is a thorough and evidence-based analysis of the implications of leaving the EU for our wildlife and environment.

EU’s track record on the environment

The IEEP report 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 looks at different UK exit scenarios and considers the arrangements that would need to be established to maintain some of the existing environmental protection provided by EU membership.

You can read and download both the summary and full reports below. The full report is hosted on the IEEP website.




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