CPRE comment on the EU referendum result

21st Jul 2016

In recognition of the broad range of views held by our members, the Campaign to Protect Rural England did not take sides in the EU referendum debate. But following the referendum result, Shaun Spiers, chief executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), commented:

“We have endured a long and divisive referendum campaign, but throughout leading players on both sides emphasised their commitment to the countryside and to strong environmental protection. The country has now made the momentous decision to leave the European Union, but there is no mandate for environmental deregulation. Rather, if this really is Independence Day, we should expect to see a much greater emphasis on restoring nature, safeguarding our precious landscapes and supporting farmers to care for their land.

“The last point is crucial. For good or ill, the CAP has shaped land management for over 40 years. We now have the chance to develop a national agricultural support system that truly benefits farmers, the environment and rural communities.”