Referendum Watch: The Environment

By Joe Young - Politics Editor

The Environment is an issue that the EU is actively involved in. But should it be? Would it affect your vote? Read on and find out.

Brute Facts

  • There are multiple EU initiatives to tackle climate change (Source)
  • As a whole, the EU has adopted the Paris Protocol (Source)
  • It also sets standards for beach cleanliness across Europe (Source)


  • The Remain side say that EU standards have caused our beaches to clean up – 95% are now safe to swim in, and 60% are rated “excellent” in cleanliness
  • They also say that the EU ban on certain pesticides is saving lots of native British insects
  • Finally, they say that issues such as whaling are better dealt with on a continental scale, using a unified voice


  • The Leave side say that now beaches are clean, leaving the EU would have no real impact on them
  • They also say that the EU ban on certain pesticides is detrimental to the British farming industry
  • Finally, they say that complaints from the EU on issues such as whaling means nothing as it tends to not be EU countries that do it

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About Joe Young 316 Articles
Joe Young has been involved with student media for a very long time now, holding posts within The Pulse, and Pulse Radio, as well as the predecessor of The Pulse, Pluto. He is currently Politics Editor of The Pulse, and Head of News of Pulse Radio. In 2016, he won the Media Award for Best Article for his coverage of the Fishergate Shopping Centre bomb scare.

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