Last night the people of the UK voted to leave the European Union.
I had voted to remain in the EU as I feel that European legislation has been on balance very important in protecting UK nature and wildlife. You can read my earlier blogpost about this here.
It will take at least two years of negotiations I think before the UK will actually leave the EU. In that time, environmentalists need to ensure that the EU laws that protect our environment become enshrined in UK law. It is of course early days and we don't know how things will pan out, but many politicians in the Conservative government have seen the EU laws that protect the environment as red tape that they would happily get rid of. So it means that we may have a fight on our hands to make sure that those laws aren't lost. Greenpeace and many other environmental organisations will be acting to try to ensure a safe future for our environment.
Here are some articles on the topic:
UK's Out vote is a red alert for the environment (Guardian newspaper).
Scottish Environment Link reaction to EU Referendum result.
Brexit - fight on to save environment and climate progress (Friends of the Earth Scotland).
We Must Now avoid a rush to the bottom (Green Alliance).
Brexit: Putting nature in the firing line (Friends of the Earth).
Take part in discussions on the aftermath of the referendum on the Greenpeace UK Facebook page.