A total of 145 MPs from all parties in the UK have pledged to make the country a world leader on environmental protection after Brexit.
They have joined 13 environmental organisations, including WWF, the National Trust and the RSPB as part of a ‘Greener UK’ coalition to ensure the country uses “the pivotal moment presented by the forthcoming Brexit negotiations to restore and enhance the nation’s environment”.
Greener UK states leaving the EU presents “significant challenges” but also important opportunities for the nation’s environment.
It is also calling on Prime Minister Theresa May to state her commitment to using the forthcoming Brexit negotiations to restore the UK’s environment and maintain its protections, many of which have been developed with the EU.
The MPs have committed to do everything in their power to protect the country’s environment by matching or exceeding current environmental, wildlife and habitat protection and creating a countryside richer in nature by supporting farmers and landowners to deliver environmental benefits alongside a thriving farming sector.
Conservative MP for North West Hampshire Kit Malthouse said: “This is a defining moment for the environment. The government’s ambition to restore our natural world for the next generation means we’ll need to value our air, water and wildlife properly and strengthen our efforts to protect them, across political divides and across the country, from inner city to countryside and coast.
“I’m delighted to welcome the Greener UK coalition, bringing together the support of millions of people who want us to invest in nature for the next generation.”
Last month, the BEIS Committee launched an inquiry into the UK’s Brexit negotiation priorities for energy and climate change policies.