The EU - In or Out?

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 19 May 2016

The UK public is heading to the ballot box on June 23rd to vote in the referendum that will decide if the UK should remain in the European Union.

The UK public is heading to the ballot box on June 23rd to vote in the referendum that will decide if the UK should remain in the European Union. Each of us needs to ask - would we be better in or out of the EU? The sea, and the life within it, is influenced by factors that transcend national boundaries. The lifecycles of many marine animals depend on large-scale physical process like currents and climate. Species migrate, fish stocks move, pollutants disperse far and wide. Seas in the UK, and their wildlife are inherently connected to the rest of Europe, and far beyond. In recognition of this, and under pressure from a nation that deeply cares for our wildlife, UK governments - together with those of other EU countries - have invested in Europe-wide and often global legislation to better secure protection for our marine environment at home. Many of the laws that protect the marine environment around us have come through Europe. Being in the EU has enabled MCS and our supporters to defend the things we love from loss and damage. Membership of the European Union has brought substantial benefits for the protection of the marine environment, with the majority of environmental legislation governing our seas emanating from the EU. You can read a full article about the referendum from Marine Conservation magazine, published for MCS members. You can read more details about the benefits that European laws bring to marine conservation here

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