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Greener UK

Friday, 10 March 2017 10:12

Greener UK Rob Colley

10 March 2017

CPRE has joined forces with 12 other major environmental organisations to form Greener UK. Between us, we have a combined public membership of 7.9 million and the belief that leaving the EU is a pivotal moment to restore and enhance the UK’s environment.

Few would disagree that we want a world-class environment: clean air, clear water, a stable climate, healthy seas, beautiful landscapes and thriving wildlife in the places we love. During the UK's negotiations to leave the EU, important decisions will need to be made to ensure the UK continues to strive for this.

Greener UK is looking at four key areas for our environment: food and farming; fisheries and marine; climate and energy; and environment and wildlife laws. Together we have produced a manifesto, setting out the eight actions necessary to make the vision of a greener UK a reality. There are three core areas in the manifesto:
•    secure the benefits of existing environmental laws as the UK leaves the European Union, and pass an ambitious new Environment Act
•    secure the UK’s global climate leadership
•    introduce new policies and investment that create thriving farming and fishing industries.

Food and farming affairs resonate strongest with CPRE, and the future of such are inextricably linked to nature, land use and landscape. Leaving the EU poses significant risks, but it also provides an unprecedented opportunity to revitalise our countryside in a way that better meets the needs of people and the environment, for generations to come. This is the chance to create new and ambitious policies that are fair to farmers and taxpayers, and provide real value for money. We hope some of the ideas in CPRE’s well received 2016 report New Model Farming: resilience through diversity will form part of the Government’s vision and establish a sound future for farming in the post Brexit era.

So what happens next? Brexit is complex, in some ways regimented by EU Articles and Parliamentary Bills but in other ways very much unchartered territory. Greener UK has set out its manifesto and will now begin the work of briefing and campaigning for a Brexit that benefits and enhances the environment for all.

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