“The environment must not be side-lined by the Government when we leave the EU. Research shows that following the Brexit vote 83% of people believed that Britain should pass laws providing a higher or similar level of protection for nature than current EU laws. This is about more than just maintaining environmental standards, it is about improving them so that our economic and social wellbeing is enhanced too. We need to act now to cut emissions, restore our forests, preserve our oceans and protect our wildlife.
"The UK Government has a once in a generation opportunity to secure our future, so that people and nature thrive - this opportunity must not be wasted.”