EU Referendum Result

24 June 2016 | Posted in
EU Referendum Result
Pevensey Levels / David Dennis

By Tony Whitbread

Chief Executive

The EU Referendum has been decided and the challenges faced by Sussex’s wildlife are as great as they have ever been. Wildlife is under real pressure from intensive land use and development on land and at sea. Our lives are becoming more remote from the natural world.

It is time to focus on the future of our natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife. To concentrate on what a healthy natural environment can do for us and what we must do for it.

We need to move on from the EU Referendum and unite the county behind a vision for a brighter future for our wonderful wildlife and future generations. Whether young or old, privileged or marginalised, and irrespective of our cultural, religious, ethnic and political backgrounds, we all depend on a healthy natural environment and have a role to play in making it a reality.

The EU has left a legacy of strong legislation and invested in many practical projects. Together, these have reduced the rate of wildlife losses and begun to reverse the fortunes of some of our wildlife. But there is growing pressure for deregulation both in the UK and across the rest of Europe. In our new political world there is a very real risk that the pressure for deregulation and reduced environmental standards will grow. It is everyone’s responsibility to make sure that the benefits for wildlife that we have seen inside the EU are not lost through deregulation or a lack of international cooperation.

Now is the time to come together and ramp up our campaigning to make sure that for wildlife, this change is a change for the better. As we are now responsible for our own independent future, it is up to all of us to make sure that it is a good one for the natural world.


  • peta taylor:

    29 Jun 2016 09:10:48

    After mourning the result, I am looking for ways to support and maintain the decades of positive legislation that came from Membership of the EU. As a past member, I would consider rejoining (limited income, sadly), if I felt it was actively going to lobby to prevent the repeal of current EU environmental directives during the imminent reviews. Please can you inform us as soon as you know the focus of your effortsin light of Brexit. Thank you.

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