EU citizens can only be registered in the UK if British nationals are also required to do the same.
Our cross-party letter to the UK Home Secretary.Read more
To mark EU Anti-Trafficking Day, Catherine Bearder MEP has issued a stark warning: Brexit means the UK should get ready to house thousands more human traffickers as they flee Europe.Read more
In May 2017, EU justice ministers decided that environmental crimes – including wildlife trafficking and waste crimes – would be one of the EU’s ten priorities for the fight against serious and organised crime during the 2018-21 policy cycle. Catherine Bearder evokes how this decision came to being.Read more
The Tories have now resorted to instructing opposition politicians on how to vote! Read this extraordinary letter Vince got from David Davis and watch Catherine Bearder MEPs response.Read more
Today the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove announced that the sale and export of almost all ivory items would be banned in the UK under plans to be set out.Read more
"Why the Prime Minister's speech took place in Florence is still a mystery. The waffle fell far short of those served in Belgium.Read more
Last Wednesday, Wayne Lotter the head of an animal conservation NGO, was shot dead by an unknown gunman in Dar es Salaam whilst being driven from the airport to his hotel.
Mr Lotter was the director and co-founder of the PAMS foundation and had received numerous death threats as a result of his fight against poaching and ivory trafficking networks. He was a prominent figure in the global wildlife conservation community and was largely credited with reducing the poaching rates in Tanzania.
Catherine Bearder, Liberal Democrat MEP for the South East, said:
"The death of Wayne Lotter is an utter tragedy. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.
"Wayne devoted his life to combatting illegal wildlife trafficking and I know those of us fortunate to have worked with him are greatly saddened by his death.
"Wayne was a real champion for elephants. He understood the key role they play in the environment, in the vital tourist industry and he was most passionate in his work supporting the local communities who live with elephants.
"We must carry on fighting wildlife trafficking in continuing Wayne’s legacy."Read more
BMW announced today its plan to build the new electric Mini in its plant in Cowley, Oxford.Read more
Today the Government has published its Repeal Bill.
The Repeal Bill seeks to enact all EU treaties and laws into domestic law.Read more
The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has released statistics showing that the specialist butterfly population has fallen by 74% since 1976.
This statistic is part of the long-term and ongoing decline in butterfly populations across the United Kingdom with destruction and deterioration of habitats being cited by many as the prime cause.
Butterflies are increasingly being utilised as environmental indicators because of their rapid and sensitive responses to subtle habitat or climatic changes.
The EU’s Habitats Directive promotes the conservation of natural habitats and establishes the EU wide Natura 2000 ecological network of protected areas which are safeguarded against potentially damaging developments.
Catherine Bearder, Liberal Democrat MEP for the South East said:
“This horrific statistic is just about the larger flying insects we notice. What may be happening to others that may be as important to our ecosystem is also extremely worrying.
“We have to keep working with our EU partners to defend our shared natural environment.
“MEPs will not sign off the Brexit deal if it weakens UK environmental protection.”Read more