On February 22, the new Greener UK coalition released a manifesto, calling on the UK government to use the Brexit process as an opportunity to restore and enhance environmental protections in the UK. The Manifesto for a Greener UK follows the release on February 14 of a House of Lords report, Brexit: Environment and climate change. For a discussion of the basic issues of concern, read “Brexit will be a pivotal moment for the UK’s environment” (December 2016), and read also Greener UK’s Pledge for the Environment, which has been signed by over 145 Members of Parliament from all parties. Greener UK has also prepared a Briefing Note for Members of Parliament: The repeal bill and a greener UK: Maintaining a greener UK as the UK exits the EU. Follow developments on the Inside Track blog, published by Green Alliance.
One of the key proposals of the February Manifesto is that Britain should continue to show climate leadership, to co-operate with the EU on energy and climate change, and to affirm ongoing investment and deployment of clean energy infrastructure. It also calls for a new Environment Act for England, “building on the upcoming 25 year plan with measurable milestones for environmental restoration and high standards for pollution and resource efficiency”. Greener UK has published policy documents supporting each of the four priorities of the Manifesto: Food and Farming ; Fisheries and Marine ; Climate and Energy ; and Environment and Wildlife Laws .
Greener UK was launched in December 2016, coordinated by Green Alliance . Greener UK consists of 13 major environmental organizations with a combined membership of 7.9 million, and includes: Campaign for Better Transport, ClientEarth, Campaign to Protect Rural England, E3G, Friends of the Earth, Green Alliance, Greenpeace, National Trust, RSPB, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, The Wildlife Trusts, Woodland Trust and WWF.