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What does Brexit mean for our environment?

How will the referendum to leave the EU affect nature and the environment?

On 23 June 2016 the UK voted to leave the European Union. We still don’t know what will happen next, but one thing is clear: this was not a vote to cut our environmental protections.

We also know that if we want to tackle the urgent global environmental challenges we face, then we have to work together - regardless of our background, our country of birth, or where we live.

Friends of the Earth is campaigning for:

  • The UK’s environmental laws to stay as strong as, or stronger than, those in the rest of Europe
  • The UK to be an international leader on climate change
  • Any farming or land subsidies to be based on public good, eg improving biodiversity or better flood protection
  • The UK to keep working with our European and international neighbours on our joint environmental challenges.

Friends of the Earth believes passionately in democracy, and we will continue to campaign for the best environmental outcomes for all people, in the UK and abroad.

And we’re going to be doing it from the grassroots up. 

Friends of the Earth is part of the Greener UK coalition.

Greener UK is a coalition of environmental groups working together to ensure that Brexit is used as an opportunity to strengthen the UK's environment, not damage it.

It consists of RSPB, National Trust, The Wildlife Trusts, WWF, Campaign for Better Transport, CPRE, Client Earth, E3G, Friends of the Earth, Green Alliance, Greenpeace, WWT and Woodland Trust.

For more information on how we're working together, visit the Greener UK webpage.

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