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People, politics and the planet: any questions? Britain in a changing Europe

‘People, politics and the planet: any questions?’ was the first opportunity for a public audience to question leading politicians and commentators from across the political spectrum on the future of environmental policy in the UK in the aftermath of the EU Referendum.

On 20 June 2016, the UK voted by a margin of 52% to 48% to leave the European Union. As a new relationship between the UK and Europe is negotiated over the coming years, the EU frameworks that have underpinned much of the UK’s environmental policy and legislation are no longer assured. This event provided an opportunity for the audience to explore what environmental policy may look like outside of the EU, the challenges and the opportunities that it may pose.

Chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby, People, politics and the planet: any questions? brought together a panel of leading politicians to answer the audience's questions. Panellists were:

  • George Eustice MP (Conservative, Minister of State for Farming, Food and the Rural Environment)
  • Kerry McCarthy MP (Labour)
  • Baroness Parminter (Liberal Democrats, Environment Spokesperson)
  • Natalie Bennett (Green Party, Leader)
  • Stuart Agnew MEP (UKIP Agriculture Spokesperson) 
  • Martin Nesbit (Institute of European Environmental Policy, Senior Fellow)

The event was organised in partnership with the Sibthorp Trust and the British Ecological Society. It was supported with additional sponsorship from the Society for the Environment and the Wellcome Trust. 

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