The organisations listed below or their representatives have collaborated or even colluded in ‘Brexit politics’ at a sensitive time. They jointly signed a letter published in the Daily Telegraph on 31st December 2018 copy below.
Campaigning charities have the right or even obligation to speak out but only after due consideration. Such a considered policy needs to have full approval within the organisation and logically should relate to current circumstance rather than matters that are still uncertain. Members of charitable organisations and donors have the right to expect balanced views from their charity or risk alienation of a significant proportion of the stakeholders. This particular letter is emotive and the conclusions drawn are by no means certain.
Mike Clarke RSPB Stephanie Hilborne The Wildlife Trusts Beccy Speight Woodland Trust Shaun Spiers Green Alliance Crispin Truman Campaign to Protect Rural England John Sauven Greenpeace Martin Spray Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust Craig Bennett Friends of the Earth James Thornton ClientEarth Sandy Luk Marine Conservation Society Nick Mabey E3G Dr Michael Warhurst CHEM Trust Helen Browning Soil Association
‘ SIR – No one who loves Britain’s beautiful countryside, or cares about our environment more generally, should be in any doubt about the disastrous impact of a no-deal Brexit.
We can expect traffic chaos, with the garden of England turning into the lorry park of England. Dangerous chemicals will go unmonitored. Farmers will face huge uncertainty, with high tariffs on exports and livestock stuck at borders. And we will immediately lose the institutions that have ensured cleaner rivers and beaches, and safeguarded important habitats for wildlife.
The Government has promised a “green Brexit”. That depends on continued cooperation with the EU and a mutual commitment to the highest environmental standards. No deal is not an option for a greener UK.‘ (Our highlights)
Opinion and Action
- I will not renew my membership of some of these organisations
- I am actively reviewing my support for the other causes signed up to this letter. Those who emphasis ‘doing’ good will be favoured over those who talk an ill timed fight.
- I will continue to advocate that charities avoid controversial involvement in politics even when I am sympathetic to the underlying issues.