EU Referendum and the natural world

The referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union will take place on 23rd June 2016. There are many factors that the electorate will bear in mind when considering how to vote including protecting our natural world.

The Wildlife Trusts, the RSPB, and the WWF commissioned an independent, evidence-based report by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) which was published in March 2016. The report considers what UK membership means for the environment and the potential consequences for the UK of a departure from the European Union. It concludes that Britain’s membership of the EU has, on balance, delivered benefits for our natural environment that would be hard to replicate if we left.

The Wildlife Trusts are asking campaigners on both sides of the EU referendum debate what they would do to protect our natural world and the vital services it provides, should their side be successful, and suggest the public put the following questions to ‘In’ and ‘Out’ campaigners:

For further information about The Wildlife Trusts’ position on the EU referendum and the IEEP report see www.wildlifetrusts.org/EU-Ref

Photograph: Rutland Water Nature Reserve is a Special Protection Area under the EU's Birds Directive

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