High environmental standards boost economic growth

British voters overwhelming support high environmental standards. 80 per cent, for example, want the UK to maintain our world-leading food safety regulations after we leave the European Union. This is unsurprising – high environmental standards in agriculture keep our livestock healthy and our food safe to eat, and in product design they cut our energy bills by improving the efficiency of our ovens and toasters.

A sensible, long term framework of environmental rules spurs investment and innovation from business.

Many businesses of course face examples of vexatious red tape – and Brexit does provide us with the opportunity to cut some of the bureaucracy that has impeded business and made our lives more difficult. From the baffling small print on radio adverts, to compelling pharmacists to scan every medicine in front of their customers, there are plenty of nonsensical EU regulations that add unnecessary costs to businesses and should be scrapped.

You can read the rest of my article in Conservative Home here: https://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2019/01/kevin-hollinrake-high-environmental-standards-boost-economic-growth.html