The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has expressed ‘deep concern’ about thmpact of Britain leaving the European Union on the environment – and on air pollution in particular.
In an official report about the impact of Brexit on London, the Mayor called on ministers to guarantee that environmental regulations, monitoring and enforcement standards will be strengthened in the aftermath of Brexit, rather than weakened.
The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Andrea Leadsom MP, recently told Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee that only two-thirds of EU environmental regulations would be directly brought into British law.
Mr Khan said: “I campaigned for Britain to remain in the European Union, but I accept that the British public voted to leave and we now must respect their democratic will.
“However, the British people did not vote to make our air more polluted or our environment dirtier.
“Our relationship with the EU has been particularly important for London’s environment.
“Our homes, vehicles and appliances are more energy-efficient, our water is cleaner and better protected, harmful emissions are on a long term decline and we produce less waste.
“This has all been helped by environmental protections and targets driven by EU directives, regulations and standards.“
The Mayor, in London’s official response to the government’s Brexit White Paper, is calling on the government to introduce a new Environment Act, to guarantee that environmental regulations and enforcements are at least equivalent, if not better, than the current EU standards.