The EU Referendum and the UK’s Environment: What are the implications for democracy?


Image, modified (CC BY 2.0) Michel / Flickr

Image, modified (CC BY 2.0) Michel / Flickr

Charlotte Burns and Viviane Gravey argue that the EU Referendum debate in the UK has been “surprisingly quiet on the issue of the environment”. They look at three options for the UK from the point of view of their impacts on participatory democracy, as well as point to the tension between participation and stable long term rules for environmental protection.

They believe that the terms of the current debate are far too narrow. “National sovereignty is essentially a red herring that offers little in the way of genuine democratisation of environmental (or any other) policy area.”


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