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UK public back EU rules to protect bees and nature

 

A YouGov survey has revealed the British public are overwhelmingly in favour of keeping EU rules which protect our natural environment.


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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.

 

Powerful message

 

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.”

 


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Survey results

  • 83 per cent said Britain should pass laws providing a higher (46 per cent) or the same (37 per cent) level of protection for wild areas and wildlife species than current EU laws.
  • Only 4 per cent want lower protection.
  • 57 per cent said British farming subsidies should put either more (25 per cent) or the same (32 per cent) emphasis on environmental protection than the current EU subsidies do.
  • Only 7 per cent said British farming subsidies should put less emphasis on protecting the environment.
  • 81 per cent want to keep an EU ban on neonicotinoid pesticides that have been found to pose a threat to bees.
  • Only 5 per cent saying the ban should end.
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