IEMA members' perspectives on how the UK's air quality could be affected by the electorate's decision to leave the EU have been included in a House of Commons report on Brexit.

IEMA members’ perspectives on how the UK’s air quality could be affected by the electorate’s decision to leave the EU have been included in a House of Commons report on Brexit.

Published at the end of August, the HoC library briefing paper, Brexit: impact across policy areas, looks at how the UK is likely to be affected by the break from the EU once article 50 is triggered. As well as the environment, the report covers the effect on policy in areas such as trade, taxation, transport, defence, human rights, foreign affairs, and energy and climate change.

Views expressed by members in the series of pre-referendum surveys carried out by the institute were included in the environment section, making IEMA the only professional body referenced in the document.

The reference states: ‘The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment has reported that a poll of their members prior to the referendum showed that: half of environment and sustainability professionals believe that legal standards for UK air quality would be reduced if the UK were to leave the EU. [Some] 88% of respondents think that an EU policy approach is needed to complement and support national level policies in addressing air pollution.’

IEMA has reported that the views collected through the member surveys have so far been included in 212 media articles since May.