[메디컬리포트=Liza Tan 기자]
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After 40 years of U.K. membership in the European Union, the country is en route to making Brexit a reality, which will significantly impact all Britons.
Media and pundits have pored over many facets of the U.K.'s departure, but one of the areas most profoundly impacted - environmental policy - has occupied a much smaller piece of the discussion that doesn't reflect its relevance.
Environmentalists are accustomed to this marginalization.E.U.membership has been a vital part of environmental protection efforts not just in the U.K.but within all member states.
An example is the habitats-and-birds directives that serve as much more effective safeguards than Britain's domestic laws for preserving endangered species and the areas in which they live.
Sewage in the oceans, air pollution, and other challenges are some of the obstacles that domestic legislation does not address with the same fervency.Environmental problems know no boundary, and that is expected to prove perilous for wildlife and the environment moving forward.
The E.U.is particularly progressive about keeping the world clean and healthy as well as protecting the habitats and resources vital to so many living organisms - including human beings.
The negative effects of Brexit on this kind of progressivism are best measured by the number of laws that will be affected.The House of Commons library's research indicates that more than 1,100 such laws have been made at the Union level.
The government intends to simply copy and paste them into U.K.statute books without regard for what pundits say will be a complex transfer process likely to sacrifice a sizable percentage of them.[메디컬리포트=Liza Tan 기자]