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CPRE comment on the EU referendum result

24 June 2016

On 23 June, the nation went to the polls and made the momentous decision to leave the European Union. CPRE Chief Executive Shaun Spiers comments on the result.

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.

CPRE Chief Executive Shaun Spiers, 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.”

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