UK-GBC responds to Prime Minister's Brexit speech
In a speech today at Lancaster House, Theresa May set out her objectives for negotiating Britain’s exit of the European Union.
Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive, UK Green Building Council:
“Today the Prime Minister has set-out her vision for Brexit, with ‘certainty for businesses’ identified as a top priority. For the property and construction industry, such certainty is important to achieving our ambitions of economic growth and prosperity for all.
“We welcome the suggestion that ‘Britain will remain at the forefront of collective endeavours to …make better the world in which we live’ and the Prime Minister’s specific reference to ‘clean energy’ as a way of doing this. However, today’s speech feels like a missed opportunity not to position Britain more explicitly as an aspiring world leader in tackling climate change. Low carbon and renewable industries represent significant value to our economy, and should make important contributions to Britain taking ‘a leading role on science and innovation’.
“While it is encouraging to hear that the ‘acquis’ (the current body of EU law) will be converted into British law, we would like Brexit to result in environmental protections that are at least as strong, if not stronger, than the current EU provisions.”