YP Letters: Brexit no barrier to better environmental protection in UK

Will Brexit be good for the environment or not?
Will Brexit be good for the environment or not?
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From: Gordon Lawrence, Sheffield.

ANOTHER feeble reason for staying in the slowly disintegrating EU is offered by Aled Jones (The Yorkshire Post, February 11) in claiming that environmental issues, under Brexit, will be more or less ignored by a UK government; he contends that wildlife will suffer seriously without the care and control of Brussels.

I suggest he takes a look at some of the environmental problems that the EU has failed to grapple. Germany, for one, has seen its air pollution problems worsen over recent years. In no way can I see that an independent UK government would fail to maintain credible standards on the environment.

In fact, our steel industry in Yorkshire and elsewhere – remember Redcar? – was endangered almost beyond repair by CO2 taxation.

The environmental agenda is another reminder that there is no end to the Remain lobby’s attempts to scrape the barrel to rationalise and justify its cause.

From: Don Burslam, Elm Road, Dewsbury Moor, Dewsbury.

MY impression is that the leavers are slowly being forced onto the back foot as the complaints and drawbacks multiply.

The latest rather feeble argument against the EU is that it forces members to be inward-looking as they cannot cast their nets to trade globally. Why would it be necessary to go global when you have a market of 500 million on your doorstep?

If you have a bus from the end of your street going straight to where you want to be, would you catch another one 20 or 30 miles away using a taxi to get there?

From: John M Collins, Alwoodley, Leeds.

GRAHAM Wood (The Yorkshire Post, February 14) suggests that our entry into Europe was illegal. That argument was advanced back in 1972 by the famous Norris McWhirter to the Court of Appeal. Lord Denning rightly regarded it as nonsense. It still is.

Mr J Bore (The Yorkshire Post, February 13) suggests that in assuming that a vote to leave the EU would have immediate effect he was perhaps naïve. He was. But he is typical of many of your Brexiteer correspondents.

Tim Farron, the leader of the Lib Dems has faced the realities. He contends that it is both prudent and democratic that when we finally know the terms upon which we can sever the links which bind us to Europe, we should all have a chance to vote in a fresh referendum whether we leave or stay.

As over the Iraq war, the Lib Dems are right.