Brexit and the Environment

This is a crucial time for wildlife. Exit from the European Union could have far-reaching implications for our wildlife and wild spaces as over 80% of our current environmental legislation has its roots in EU law.

We need to make sure this legislation is preserved, if not improved, by the Great Repeal Bill, amidst concern that pressure to agree new trade deals and remove regulations could lead the government to water down standards, leaving nature worse off and potentially threatening public health.You can track risks here

We know that there is huge popular support for wildlife and the environment from people of all backgrounds. In a recent YouGov poll, 80% of people said they think the UK should have the same or stronger environmental protection after it leaves the EU.

The Wildlife Trusts is a member of the Greener UK coalition. This coalition is made up of 13 leading environmental NGOs united in the belief that Brexit provides a pivotal moment to restore and enhance the UK's environment. 

Everyone deserves a world-class environment: clean air, clear water, a stable climate, healthy seas and thriving wildlife in the places we love. As The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, we would like to see the referendum result as a stepping stone to a brighter future for the UK's natural environment and future generations. 

The Greener UK coalition is asking MPs to support the 'Pledge for the Environment.' This pledge asks that the UK government, working with the devolved administrations, builds a healthy and prosperous future for all, by securing a thriving natural world on land and at sea, clean air and water, communities connected to nature, and a sustainable economy. The wording of the pledge is below, and before the 2017 General Election was called, it had the support of 217 MPs from across all major parties. Now we are asking all our newly elected MPs across Birmingham and the Black Country to ask them to sign the pledge. 

Pledge for the Environment
I believe that following the triggering of Article 50, the UK government, working with administrations in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh, must build a healthy and prosperous future for all.
This means a thriving natural world on land and at sea, clean air and water, communities connected to nature, and a sustainable economy.
For the wellbeing of my constituents, for people at home and abroad, and for future generations who will depend on a flourishing and secure planet, I will do everything in my power to:

• Establish the UK as a world leader on the environment by committing to match or exceed current environmental, wildlife and habitat protections.
• Ensure the UK leads on climate change by publishing robust low carbon investment plans and driving the Paris Agreement’s implementation internationally.
• Create a countryside richer in nature by supporting farmers and landowners to deliver environmental benefits alongside a thriving farming sector.
• Make the UK a world leader in innovative and sustainable marine and fisheries management.


As The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the West Midlands we are also asking MPs across Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton to commit to a long term vision for our local natural environment - the West Midlands Pledge for Nature. 

I pledge to:
• Do everything I can at home and at work to create space for nature
• Support and protect my local green spaces
• Take action to encourage my constituents, including planners and developers, to protect the natural environment
• Encourage my party to do more for the environment
I also recognise that long term planning is needed to protect and improve the natural environment so,as an elected Member of Parliament I will ensure our wildlife laws remain strong and support an ambitious new Environment Act for England to restore the damage that has been done to nature

You can see who has signed here. If your MP has not signed please contact them and ask them to sign.