A majority of manufacturers would like some EU environmental legislation to remain in the UK when it leaves the European Union.
That’s according to a survey by the manufacturers organisation EEF, which questioned 2,000 people.
They believe substantial progress in environmental standards has been made with EU regulation and they are keen to see this continue.
The ‘Britain and the EU: manufacturing and orderly exit’ report added they are concerned about the cost and disruption of repealing and replacing them with UK-owned legislation.
However 23% of them said the UK shouldn’t adopt EU waste and chemicals directives while the same amount of people want to see European legislation dropped.
Claire Jakobsson, Head of Energy and Environment Policy at EEF said: “In the short term we want government to provide regulatory and policy certainty in this important arena but in the longer term there is clearly an opportunity to pull back from EU regulation where it does not work for the UK.
“This requires careful exploration to ensure there are no unintended consequences and we would want to see manufacturers fully consulted before any decisions are made.”
ELN has contacted Defra for a comment.