Wildlife Trust: 'Environmental laws must remain strong after Brexit'
The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust has said that the UK's environmental framework and its enforcement must remain "strong and robust" in the wake of Brexit.
The group's Twitter page (twitter.com/ScillyWildlife) has posted a link to a petition to keep the EU's environmental protection laws for the UK, writing: "Let's do our bit to make sure our environment is protected."
The Trust said that it likely the Birds and Habitats Directives will remain in force until the UK exits the European Union, with DEFRA and statutory nature conservation bodies reiterating that it is 'business as usual' at the current time.
However, they added: "There are possible implications for environmental legislation as a result of the UK’s exit from the European Union, not least the Nature Directives which have provided the highest levels of protection for the most vulnerable habitats and species for the past 30 years.
"At present, those implications are very unclear and are highly dependent on the outcome of the negotiations that now follow the outcome of the Referendum.
"The Wildlife Trusts are clear that the vital role of protected sites and species to help arrest the decline of biodiversity across the UK must be maintained.
"Vitally, whatever the outcome of the negotiations, it is essential that the UK’s environmental framework and its enforcement should remain strong and robust.”
The national Wildlife Trust has previously said that it believes EU membership has had a "profound impact" on the UK's environmental policy after it was deemed the 'dirty man of Europe' in the 1970s and '80s.