Don't let Brexit stand in the way of environmental progress

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
'Brexit has cast a dark shadow on many things we have historically taken pride in', says Jo Gallacher

Why are we still waiting? I’m sure my impatience is not unique as another month passes without the release of the Resources and Waste Strategy.

Expected at the end of November, the new legislation had no chance of being launched given the continuous calamity of Brexit negotiations.

After 18 months of preparation, I can’t help but morosely wonder how much resource, time and money have been taken from vital services in order to form a Brexit deal which pleases, well, practically no-one.

I really went into panic mode when Prime Minister Theresa May offered Michael Gove the job as Brexit Secretary. As an ardent Brexiteer, I’ve no doubt he was tempted by the offer, but without the guarantee to pursue the Brexit he had envisioned, Gove took note of East 17’s biggest hit and decided to Stay Another Day.

The wheels are still turning in the Defra camp, however, with new legislation introduced promising to “get tough” on waste crime, but we haven’t forgotten your promise, Mr Gove.

Brexit has cast a dark shadow on many things we have historically taken pride in: multiculturalism, tolerance, strong diplomacy. Let’s not allow it to destroy what has been a remarkably positive and progressive year in the resources sector.

Many of you have worked exceptionally hard to push forward your agenda of a more circular, less wasteful society.

I hope you will take the time over the Christmas break to relax, recalibrate and come back re-energised in 2019. Whatever you have planned, I wish you health, happiness and success in the year ahead.

Jo Gallacher is editor of Recycling & Waste Word.

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