Remarks by Michel Barnier at Green 10: “Is Brexit a threat to the future of the EU’s environment?” – European Parliament.
Brussels, 10 April 2018
Thank you Peter Liese for having organised this event, with Green 10 organisation represented by Cécile Toubeau, Thank you also Jo Leinen. I see also many other members of the European Parliament, where I come almost every week to discuss Brexit, with the EP Brexit Steering Group, the various political groups and committees.
Thank you for inviting me to speak about this essential topic of the environment. I was myself environment minister some time ago and I have not forgotten the work which we did with other Member States and at EU level. I remain very close to these issues.
Before that, some 20 years earlier, I took part as a young Gaullist in the campaign in favour of the accession of Denmark, Ireland, Norway, and the UK.
I have never regretted this vote. The result of the Brexit referendum is one which we can regret, but one which we have to respect and implement. When I took the job of Chief Negotiator in October 2016, I had three main questions for the UK. These questions are still relevant today.