Leaving the EU would be damaging for the UK’s environment and quality of life, a group of academics and former high-ranking government officials has said. “The case is clear: we will be better able to protect the quality of Britain’s environment if we stay in Europe,” said the group, which includes past heads of the RSPB, the National Trust, the Environment Agency and Natural England, in a letter to the environment secretary, Liz Truss. “Britain’s membership of the EU has had a hugely positive effect on the quality of Britain’s beaches, our water and rivers, our air and many of our rarest birds, plants and animals and their habitats,” the 13 experts wrote. “Being part of the union has enabled us to coordinate action and agree policies that have improved our quality of life, including the air we breathe, the seas we fish in, and have protected the wildlife which crosses national boundaries. Higher European manufacturing standards for cars, lights and household appliances have lowered consumer energy costs, and stimulated business innovation.” The former heads of government bodies and conservation charities who wrote to Truss include Chris Smith, former chair of the Environment Agency; Baroness Young, former chief executive of… Read full this story
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