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EU membership good for environment


On Tuesday, Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee, which Mary chairs, published a report arguing that our EU membership is good for the UK's environment.

The Committee heard that EU environmental policy development has been a two-way street. 

On the one hand, EU membership has given the UK a platform to pursue its environmental objectives internationally, and influence the strategic, long-term direction of policy. 

On the other hand, EU membership has ensured that environmental action in the UK has been taken on a faster timetable, and more thoroughly than would otherwise have been the case.

Mary said: "The UK has cleaned up its act since we were dubbed the 'dirty man of Europe' in the seventies. EU environmental laws have played a key part, and mean we bathe on cleaner beaches, drive more fuel-efficient cars and can hold Government to account on air pollution."

Click here to find out more about the inquiry and to read the report.

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