Commenting on today's publication of Scotland’s Place in Europe by the Scottish Government the Trust's Chief Executive Jonny Hughes said:
“We welcome the statement today from the Scottish Government that ‘Scotland has a moral and legal obligation to protect our country’s magnificent natural resources and we remain committed to maintaining, protecting and enhancing our environment.’
“Regardless of the shape of any future Brexit deal between the UK and the European Union, the Scottish Wildlife Trust believes that, at a minimum, the body of environmental legislation so carefully developed over decades by the EU and transposed into Scottish law must continue to be implemented in Scotland by the Scottish Government. This is vital if we are to safeguard vulnerable wildlife, ensure the health and productivity of our seas, and provide a quality environment which brings economic and well-being benefits for the people of Scotland.
“Today's statement from the Scottish Government is an important and very welcome assurance on long term investment to maintain environmental standards in what are politically uncertain times.”