BRITAIN needs a “green guarantee” to protect its environment as it prepares to exit the European Union, Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas argues in a report out today.
More than 1,100 EU environmental laws are at risk of being downgraded or lost, the Green co-leader warned, as a “cocktail of threats” could face bodies overseeing Britain’s compliance with these laws.
Britain will also be leaving key EU agencies which support and develop green policies, the report argues.
There are fears that EU funding for wildlife-friendly farming will be lost that Britain will cease to play a part in schemes to cut carbon pollution.
Ms Lucas, a member of the environmental audit committee, warned that, as Britain is in limbo regarding trade deals with the US, new treaties could open up our markets to lower standards allowing such practices as chickens being washed in chlorine and the treatment of beef with hormones.
She said: “Though we’ve hardly heard it mentioned by the government, it’s clear that British environmental policy faces a cocktail of threats from Brexit.”
The EU’s push for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the US was opposed by progressives partly because of the threat to environmental and consumer safety standards it posed.
That deal now appears dead in the water, though, following mass opposition campaigning and the election of President Donald Trump, who rejects it.
Ms Lucas urged for “immediate” work to begin towards a green guarantee to ensure “that we become the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it.”