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    UK Lawmakers Call for Subsidies to Support Environmental Protection Post Brexit

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    Lawmakers from the Conservative party urged UK Prime Minister Theresa May to redirect billions of pounds in farming subsidies to environmental protection after Brexit, according to media reports.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A group of 36 Conservative lawmakers called on UK Prime Minister Theresa May to redirect billions of pounds in farming subsidies to environmental protection after Brexit, media reported Monday, citing a letter written by the parliamentarian.

    "Done properly, Brexit is a massive opportunity for our environment… Brexit allows us to repatriate and reform the environmentally disastrous CAP [EU common agricultural policy] to make sure farm subsidies are there to pay for environmental and public services. The upside is enormous," the letter obtained by The Guardian read.

    Much of funding under CAP is currently provided for simply owning the land, the letter stressed, adding that there was urgency for new laws after Brexit that would make farmers responsible for wildlife protection.

    According to the newspaper, former environment ministers Caroline Spelman and Richard Benyon, as well as Neil Parish, the current chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee in parliament, signed the document.

    On June 23, the United Kingdom held a referendum to determine whether or not the country should leave the European Union. According to the final results, 51.9 percent of voters, or 17.4 million people, decided to support Brexit, while about 16.1 million opposed it.


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