She threw her lot in with the money-grabbing, xenophobic, extreme right-wing of what used to be the Tory Party before the ERG transformed it into a Populist nightmare.
I certainly want clean air, clean water and nature for my grandchildren to wonder at. The EU protected that. The Tory’s will destroy the planet in order to make a penny!
‘Every parent wants their children to grow up in a healthy environment with clean water, fresh air and thriving natural wonders. Being part of the EU helps protect these precious resources and spaces.’
Liz Truss once campaigned – and voted – to remain in the EU (Picture: Getty)© Provided by Metro
These are not my words, but those of Prime Minister Liz Truss six years ago. At the time, she campaigned – and voted – to remain in the EU!!
Having sought the backing of hardcore Brexiteers in order to help secure the Tory leadership, she may no longer want this for her children – but many of us still do.
And how ironic those words ended up being, as this Government’s Orwellian Brexit Freedoms Bill launches an attack on nature like we’ve never seen before.
This Bill presents an opportunity – Brexiteers like Truss would say – to liberate us from the shackles of burdensome EU regulations. So what does this mean, exactly?
A bonfire of 570 environmental laws, which could destroy the habitat regulations that have protected our most precious wildlife and green spaces for 30 years, according to campaigners. It could also permit the release of nitrates and phosphates into rivers, abolish all of our pesticide protections, and so much more.
It doesn’t end there.
Part of this Brexit-fuelled assault on nature is the potential scrapping of the post-EU Environmental Land Management Scheme – a crucial programme that would have replaced the old payments for production with support for farmers and landowners to enhance nature by creating rare habitats as well as slashing emissions.
This Government seems determined to plunge us into a race to the bottom, purely in the name of pro-Brexit zealotry
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) claimed last month that they’re ‘not scrapping the schemes’, but I won’t hold my breath.
Not to mention plans for new ‘investment zones’ announced in Kwasi Kwarteng’s omnishambles mini budget last month that will loosen essential planning laws to protect nature.
When we are already one of the most nature-depleted countries on Earth – with barely half our biodiversity left – this Government seems determined to plunge us into a race to the bottom, purely in the name of pro-Brexit zealotry.