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|SocEnv Response to Brexit|
Exploring best environmental practice for the UK post the EU Referendum.
Following the result of the EU referendum in June, for the UK to leave the European Union, the Society for the Environment is working with its partners and network of over 7000 Chartered Environmentalists and Registered Environmental Technicians to help ensure that the UK maintains, enhances and continues to play a leading role in best environmental management and practice, both in the UK and internationally.
In early October, we heard from the Conservative Party Conference that the UK will adopt all the existing EU environmental policies, ensuring short term continuity; but what does this mean for the long term?
Environmental Professionals Survey
Prior to the referendum, we conducted a survey with ENDs. The survey looked at the attitudes of environmental professionals towards the EU and their voting intentions.
The report can be found here.
We have hosted and sponsored a number of events with the intention of gaining credible insight into the implications of Brexit and how to proceed forward, in terms of influencing and maintaining best practice, during the negotiation process and beyond. These events were:
People, Politics, Planet: Any Questions? (21/07/16)
Brexit: What does it mean for the Environment? (26/09/16)
SocEnv responses to Government Inquiries
The Society has worked alongside its partners to collect evidence and insight into some of the effects of leaving the EU and present it to Government. Our responses to these inquiries have been designed to present our collective knowledge and amplify the messages of others.
The responses were:
Leaving the EU: implications and opportunities for Science and Research
Future of the Natural Environment - post-Brexit
You can find all of our consultation responses here.
SocEnv Letters to Parliamentarians
Following Theresa May's ascension to Prime Minister and the subsequent cabinet reshuffle, we wrote to all Ministers and Secretaries of state with an environmental brief. These letters outlined a framework of what SocEnv believes to be essential in pursuing the best approach to protecting the environment outside of the European Union. We also used this opportunity to highlight the value of environmental professionals and extend the offer of assistance in connecting Ministers and departments with experts in the related fields.