Target: Theresa May, prime minister of the United Kingdom
Goal: Incorporate laws that protect the environment into post-Brexit legislation.
The United Kingdom is beginning to create their post-Brexit legislation, and if they do not pass a new environmental protection act, the laws that protect the UK’s wild habitats will be seriously weakened. The UK government has said that they will be keeping many of the environmental laws from the EU. However, Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom admitted that one-third of these laws will be difficult to transpose into UK law. This includes the EU’s Birds and Habitats Directives, which gives more protection for wild birds than domestic UK law. Because of this, the law will not apply in the independent UK.
Environmental advocates also worry that incorporating EU environmental laws into UK legal framework will result in “zombie” laws – laws that have no official bodies to enforce them. If this is the case, it will be difficult to protect wildlife from hunters and development in their territories.
To ensure that the UK’s natural environment remains protected, the cross-party Environmental Audit Committee suggests creating a new environmental protection act during the UK’s Article 50 negotiations with the EU. Sign this petition to urge Prime Minister May to follow this suggestion and create an environmental protection act that will keep the UK’s natural habitats pristine.
Dear Prime Minister May,
The United Kingdom is home to beautiful natural areas and unique wildlife, but these could soon be threatened if new laws are not implemented to protect the environment. The UK’s current plan to move over laws from the EU will leave gaps in your environmental protection. One-third of the EU’s laws will be difficult to transpose, including a law that protects wild birds. You’ll also be vulnerable to “zombie” laws that will leave wildlife unprotected and exposed to threats from hunters and developers.
The UK’s natural environment needs to be a priority in your country’s new post-Brexit laws. To keep your environment healthy, you must create a comprehensive environmental protection act that fits the UK’s unique natural habitats. As you begin the process of the Article 50 negotiations, please heed the Environmental Audit Committee’s suggestion and create a new environmental protection law.
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