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Brexit a real Bug-bear for the environment, says Alex Mayer MEP

BuglifeBeetles, bees and bugs, must not pay the price of Brexit, Alex Mayer MEP warned this week as she visited the Peterborough charity Buglife.

The MEP’s visit comes as the Government launches its ‘25 year Environment Plan’. However Buglife is concerned about the future saying EU rules have previously encouraged the government to make environmental improvements.

Matt Shardlow, Buglife CEO, said: “While British politicians in Brussels have been introducing regulations that have transformed wildlife and environmental custodianship across Europe, back in Britain their counterparts and superiors have very largely not matched their zeal for a better future

“The UK has repeatedly behaved petulantly, trying to avoid change and going to lengths to do the absolutely minimum possible to comply with EU legislation. 

“The UK is also to be found blocking new EU efforts to improve air quality, ban harmful pesticides, introduce legislation to protect soils and confirm new measures to check that candidate pesticides do not harm bumblebees or solitary bees.”

Ms Mayer said: “We can’t let the Government use Brexit as an excuse to turn back the clock on environmental regulations. The impact on our ecosystems would be catastrophic. 

“Funnily enough, insects don't have borders in the same way countries do. As we see the launch of the Government’s 25 year environment plan, we need to keep the pressure on to uphold and extend environmental protections. I’ll keep bugging the Government to ensure the highest possible environmental standards.”

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