A YouGov survey has revealed the British public are overwhelmingly in favour of keeping EU rules which protect our natural environment.
Environmental group Friends of the Earth is calling on the UK Government to guarantee its Brexit strategy will not lead to a weakening of environmental protections.
This comes as a YouGov survey revealed the British public are overwhelmingly in favour of keeping or strengthening the EU rules which protect the natural environment, including Britain’s under-threat bees.
A total of 83 per cent of those surveyed said Britain should pass a higher, or the same level of protection for wild areas and wildlife species than the current EU laws.
Only 4 per cent called for lower protection.
Friends of the Earth campaigner, Samuel Lowe said the survey provided a ’powerful message’ to the UK Government that rules aimed at protecting our natural environment must be maintained or strengthened.
"The poll completely undermines those who argue that Brexit should lead to a watering down of the UK’s environmental commitments.
"There is little public support for this - even from those who voted to leave the EU.
"The Government must also stand up to pressure from the NFU and keep the EU ban on bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides. This is what the science says, and the public demands.”