The environment is safer if UK remains in the EU, says Green MEP Keith Taylor

21 March 2016

A report by independent experts has claimed that the British environment would be imperilled if the UK were to leave the EU.

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East, welcomed the report by the Institute for European Environmental Policy. “What this report reinforces is that pollution and environmental degradation have no respect for national borders,” Taylor said. “Britain is far better off in the EU working with our neighbours on the shared challenges we face.”

The conclusion of the report signals a victory for those who feel that we need a cooperative, international effort to fight climate change. It’s felt that the EU sets higher standards for air and water pollution than our own present Government would if we were beyond the jurisdiction of EU regulations.

As Taylor highlights, the Government would prefer to be free of the cost of EU environmental regulations: “The timing of the report is incredibly important as the Government continues to drop some heavy hints about what would happen to our environmental rules if we quit the EU. Ministers are trying their best to water down air pollution rules.

“The Chancellor believes the EU nature laws place ‘ridiculous costs’ on British firms and, most worryingly of all, the Government is vigorously stripping away support for clean energy and renewable technology in the UK.”