The European Union is well known for its contributions towards environmental issues. EU has always worked in favor of resolving environment related issues and developing harmony among all. EU has always been a prominent fighter against issues like air or water pollution, destruction of natural flora and fauna, preservation of endangered species, regulation of usage of pesticides, destroying forests and natural habitats etc.
Now as Britain prepares to exit from the European Union, questions of how this decision will affect the environment is gaining prominence. The effects of Brexit are becoming evident as already there are complaints about how 4.9 percent of the water bodies in the UK have found to be unfit for bathing. They have been judged as having poor water quality. This is totally shameful as it was the highest in the whole of the EU region. If the situation is already like this now, what the consequences will be after Brexit is certainly something to be concerned about.
In addition to the water quality issues, WHO has warned the people of UK to be careful as their air pollution rates are increasing. Many regions are failing to meet the prescribed standards.
IEEP has recently reported that the regulation enforced in favor of preservation of wildlife and flora- CITES is gaining more popularity among EU regions. Whether Britain will be following this after Brexit is again another matter of concern.
It is being assumed that even after Brexit, UK will be following the rules and regulations adopted in favor of environmental protection. However there are possibilities that the Parliament can bring changes to these rules. The whole scenario would also depend on whether or not Britain retains its access to the existing internal market by remaining a member of EEA.
Let’s hope that the British people decide to contribute towards conservation of wild life and natural resources even when they are on their own.