EIC reacts to Brexit vote

Commenting on Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, EIC’s Executive Director Matthew Farrow said:

“The UK environmental industry will be apprehensive this morning. For all its faults, over the last 30 years the EU has turned Britain away from our past of landfills, toxic air and filthy beaches. The long term certainty provided by EU environmental laws gave green businesses a framework against which to plan and invest, and EU membership enabled the UK to help shape Europe‚Äôs stance in global climate negotiations. As we now enter the uncertainty of negotiations probably leading to withdrawal from the EU, it is vital that all those who care about our environment work together to ensure that an independent UK builds on, rather than dismantles, the high environmental standards that EU membership has delivered. The EIC and its members will be at the heart of this effort.”