EBS 2018: Brexit must not hamper sustainable development efforts

Written by Seb Dance on 23 May 2018 in Opinion
Opinion

Policymakers must not let Brexit distract them from their efforts to boost sustainable development, says Seb Dance.

Seb Dance | Photo credit: Natalie Hill


The ongoing uncertainty caused by Brexit poses a huge challenge to European business.

Where for many years we have had barrier-free trade in goods and services, free movement of people, and shared regulatory standards, we now face the prospect of border delays, customs checks and regulatory divergence. 

This is an unwelcome and time-consuming distraction at a time when we should be hoping all businesses could be fully focused on the other great challenge of our time - playing an active role in building a greener, healthier, sustainable future. 


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As this summit will show, many companies are doing great work to support and uphold the principles of the Sustainable Development Goals, and we must not let anything, not least a chaotic Brexit, hamper those efforts.

 

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Seb Dance (S&D, UK) is a member of Parliament’s environment, public health and food safety committee

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