EPP Group in favour of preparing EU for the possibility of a hard Brexit in the environment domain
The EPP Group is concerned with the state of negotiations with the UK government, which is why MEPs, in light of the plenary vote taking place this Wednesday in Strasbourg on the inclusion of aviation in the Emission Trading System (ETS), decided to take precautionary action.
"Allowances given to UK companies for free should not be valid in the EU ETS if those companies have no more obligations under the ETS", said Peter Liese MEP, EPP Group Spokesman on Environment.
Liese is convinced that in the case of a failure of the Brexit negotiations, British industry should not have an undue advantage and European competitors should not have an undue disadvantage.
"I very much hope that in the end, the United Kingdom will continue to stay in the ETS. In fact, the British government, British MEPs and British businesses have always been strong supporters of the ETS. That's why I would find it ridiculous if the UK leaves the ETS after Brexit. However, unfortunately, it cannot be excluded that many of the responsible people in the British government obviously have unrealistic assumptions concerning the possible deal. This is why we have to prepare for a hard Brexit", concluded Liese, calling for wide support for the amendment which would prepare the EU for a possible hard Brexit within the environment domain.