Media coverage


Our Fisheries expert Dr Bryce Stewart has been quoted in the FT on what Brexit means for fisheries, quotas and fishing rights:

"There is also despair at the thought that governments could soon reopen fishing
agreements that were so agonising to negotiate in the first place — and just when the
CFP, at long last, appears to be functioning well.

“It’s like Pandora’s box,” Mr Stewart says. “No one wants to open it. But, of course with
Brexit, you have to open it.” "
Prof Andy Jordan is quoted in the ENDS Report stressing the importance of regulatory standards:

“My working assumption is that legislation relating to tradable products will have a higher priority than legislation that sits much more behind borders. Regulatory equivalence is going to be really important in the future.”
Our Fisheries author, Dr Bryce Stewart discussed fisheries after Brexit and the Greenland experience on the Australian @RadioNational.


"Andy Jordan, professor at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, agreed, saying organisations can start exploring how their business models fare in potential Brexit scenarios outlined in an expert review he co-led of the environmental implications of EU membership. 'The wording of laws and policies will not change for months and possibly even years. But decision-makers should not sit back and wait for things to become clear, because they won’t for the foreseeable future.' "

Isabella Kaminski, The ENDS Report, 27/06/2016

Andy Jordan, lead-author of our expert review was quoted in the Washington Post:

“And then there’s the added complexity and uncertainty that now arises when it comes to determining how the E.U. will meet its ambitious climate targets and orchestrate the complex dance it must undertake to formally join the Paris climate agreement, said Andy Jordan, a professor at the Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia in England.

[...]We don’t know how long the exit process is going to take, and secondly, whether that would end up with the UK still in the single market, like Norway, and therefore still within the burden sharing agreement, or completely outside the EU as a separate state, and therefore, would submit its own [climate pledge],” Jordan said. “And in fact, it could take years until that’s clear.”

Chris Mooney, Washington Post, 24/06/2016 
Andy Jordan, lead-author of our expert review was quoted in ENDS:

"Andy Jordan, professor at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and author of Environmental Policy in the EU, said: 'The environmental sector has sided with Remain not because of its idealistic belief in 'ever closer union' but because the independent scientific facts demonstrate that EU membership has been overwhelming positive for the UK's environment.'"

Isabella Kaminski, The ENDS Report, 22/06/2016 

Der Spiegel, a leading German weekly magazine, published an article on the environmental dimension of Brexit on its website. The article refers to our study:

"Nicht alle Umweltregeln könnten so einfach aufgeweicht werden, heißt es in einer 158-seitigen Studie der Universitäten York und East Anglia zu den möglichen Umweltfolgen eines EU-Austritts. Denn selbst wenn es zum Brexit käme, sei Großbritannien weiter am Zugang zum europäischen Markt interessiert und müsste Zugeständnisse machen."
Der Spiegel, 19/06/2016


Coverage of the Thames Flotilla by FSRN, including interview (audio & written) of Bryce Stewart (EUrefEnv author) :

"But what’s the truth? Over to some more sober analysis from Dr. Bryce Stewart, a fisheries biologist at the University of York. “Most of the fish that are caught around Europe are very mobile, so they are swimming between different countries’ waters constantly. They might be breeding in one country, growing up somewhere else and then migrating through several different countries’ waters,” Stewart explains. “So shared management of the fish stocks was always going to be essential and it would continue to have to happen, even if we left Europe next week.”"
FSRN, 17/06/2016



Bryce Stewart (EUrefEnv author) discussed sustainable fisheries management and the role of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy on BBC Radio 4 Farming today (start at 09:25).


Farming Today, 17/06/2016


Bryce Stewart (EUrefEnv author) quoted in Daily Mail discussing fisheries management in the wake of the Thames 'flotilla': 

"I think everyone knows it has to be done," said Bryce Beukers-Stewart, a fisheries biologist expert from the University of York. "But not everyone is happy in the way it is being done."

Daily Mail, 15/06/2016
Discussion between Viviane Gravey (EUrefEnv author) and Jo Pike (Scottish Wildlife Trust) about the environmental dimensions of membership of the European Union and the role environment can play in the EU referendum campaign. (starts at 01:32:00).
BBC Radio Scotland, 05/06/2016




"... there are a few independent research bodies that are providing comprehensive information about both sides of the argument, such as ‘The UK in a changing Europe’. A report published by this independent organisation warns of the potential environmental repercussions should Britain leave the EU. 

For me this is a pivotal argument, which goes alongside the other benefits of remaining within the EU; such as a more stable economy, better workers’ rights, free movement, research funding, support for rural areas and more.

The report highlights that environmental policy within Britain has been hugely influenced by EU legislations since it joined in 1973, and that these minimum standards by the EU have led Britain to adopt a more preventative approach to policy, with clearer timetables of improvement and an explicit set of guiding principles such as precaution, prevention and sustainability. These standards range from wildlife protection to energy efficiency to air and water pollution."

Laura Schubert, Varsity, 24/05/2016

BBC Breakfast 04/052016

"To prevent gaps appearing in UK law would require an act to ensure that regulations and SIs do not lapse, legal experts say. But Young does not believe that will be possible politically if the vote is in favour of leaving the EU. Many politicians who want out hate the EU because of the standards it imposes, she said. Even legislation to extend existing law until the UK decides what it wants instead would receive ‘a rocky ride’ through parliament, she said.

Young, who is co-chair of campaign group Environmentalists for Europe, raised her concerns at the launch of a report by UK in a Changing Europe, which is part of the Economic and Social Research Council. The report outlines how the EU has influenced the UK’s environment and was co-authored by 14 international policy and legal experts, including Joanne Scott, professor of European law at University College London. ‘Nearly all EU legislation is implemented by SI under the ECA. If all those SIs lapse with nothing in the ECA’s place, you will have an almighty hole; most environmental law in the UK would just disappear. It’s a very frightening prospect,’ Scott said."

Catherine Early, The Environmentalist, 28/04/2016


BBC LookEast, 21/04/2016

"The EAC report follows two other significant reports which set out the possible implications on environment policy of the UK withdrawing from the EU: the IEEP report co-commissioned by the RSPB and a separate report by leading academics last week.

Despite this, we have yet to have a serious response to these reports from either side in the debate.  The health of the environment matters to millions of people in this country and we deserve to know from leading figures on both sides of the debate how their respective positions will help address the many challenges we face."

Martin Harper, RSPB blog, 19/04/2016


"There are many good reasons for Britain to remain a member of the European Union. (...)

But, for all the advantages of EU membership, none stand out quite so clearly as the European Union’s role in protecting our environment. (...)

Only last week a detailed independent report on the subject concluded that leaving the union would be risky and could damage key green protections – and similar findings emerged in a landmark report by Institute for European Environmental Policy earlier this year." 

Caroline Lucas MP, Open Democracy, 19/04/2016

"Viviane Gravey, a researcher and lecturer in agricultural policy at the University of East Anglia, says there are many reasons that farmers are concerned.

"Countries that are not in the European Union like Switzerland and Norway actually subsidise agriculture much more than we do in the EU but the UK Government has repeatedly said that it wants less subsidies in Europe so it's very unlikely that Brexit would mean more money for agriculture," she said."
Emma Birchley, Sky News, 16/04/2016


"It’s a shame that environmental issues have featured so little in the referendum campaign to date. Not only is environmental policy a vitally important part of the decisions we take jointly at European level, but it’s also one of the EU’s biggest success stories.

So I was delighted to read the results of a major independent study by UK researchers, including several from the University of York in my constituency, analysing the effects of EU membership on Britain’s natural environment." 

Richard Corbett MEP, 13/04/2016



"The environmental consequences of leaving the EU is the subject of a new report from a neutral and independent UK-EU think tank which highlights three possible green policy scenarios the upcoming referendum could lead to."
Matt Mace, Edie.net, 12/04/2016


"‘On 23 June, voters are going to get a once-in-a-generation opportunity to decide whether to remain or to leave,’ said Andrew Jordan, Professor of Environmental Politics at the University of East Anglia and a lead author of the report. ‘The stakes are particularly high in a mature area such as environment. At a very fundamental level, voters are asking whether existing standards are going to go up or down.’"
Laura Cole, Geographical, 11/04/2016

"This latest contribution to the debate surrounding the EU referendum and the environment is arguably the most comprehensive yet.[...] No one knows what Brexit would hold, but the best guess of the bulk of environmental experts appears to be that it would increase the risk of green regulations being weakened, while undermining the sustainable investment climate in the process."

James Murray, Business Green 11/04/2016



"The report, published on 11 April, seeks to “cut through the technical complexity and the uncertainty” associated with choices about EU membership ahead of the June referendum. It [...] concludes that, since the UK joined the European common market in 1973, the EU has prompted it to adopt a “much more preventative approach” to environmental policy, with fixed standards, clearer timetables and an explicit set of guiding principles such as precaution, prevention and sustainability. But the UK has also shaped EU thinking and policy in some areas and prevented action in others." 

Isabella Kaminski, The ENDS Report, 11/04/2016

"EU membership has been a major factor behind the “marked improvement in environmental quality in the UK” since the 1980s, according to an independent report into the potential impact of a leave vote in the June referendum."
Fiona Harvey, The Guardian, 11/04/2016


"CEO of environmental lawyers ClientEarth James Thornton says: “This is a very important report because it’s the first analysis by an independent group of academic experts, about whether it’s valuable for the UK to stay in the EU, when it comes to protecting the environment.”"

Client Earth, 11/04/2016



"Keith Taylor, who is welcoming the findings of the report, said: “I’m pleased to welcome this thorough and balanced report, which clearly highlights the significant and potentially calamitous environmental consequences of the UK leaving the EU.  (...) The timing of the report is incredibly important as it recognises the ‘deregulatory agenda’ of a UK Government that continues to drop heavy hints about what would happen to our environmental rules if we quit the EU."

Keith Taylor MEP, 11/04/2016