The UK has voted to leave the European Union, launching the country into a period of uncertainty as a new relationship with Europe and the world is negotiated. The EU frameworks that have underpinned much of our environmental policy and legislation – from agriculture to protected areas – are no longer assured.
Yet the challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss will lose none of their urgency. What will environmental policy in the UK look like outside of the European Union? What threats and opportunities does ‘Brexit’ pose for the environment? How will we tackle international challenges under a new political agreement?
Questions were put to our panel of leading politicians, chaired by leading broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby.
The panellists included:
Kerry McCarthy MP, Labour, previously Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Baroness Kate Parminter, Liberal Democrats, Spokesperson for Environment and Rural Affairs
Natalie Bennett, Green Party, Leader
Stuart Agnew MEP, UKIP Agriculture spokesperson
The debate was followed by a drinks reception, and the opportunity to view the