Clean Air

In a case before the United Kingdoms Supreme Court, the UK is being held responsible by the EU for not fulfilling its duties to allow its citizens clean air. The EU air pollution laws attempts to put an end to the decades-long scandal of air pollution, which kills thousands of people in Britain each year. Three years ago, Mayor Boris Johnson, published research showing that it caused 4,300 deaths annually in London alone, while the Government’s official air pollution watchdog later put the nationwide mortality figure at 29,000. One in seven British children have asthma. David Cameron has included “environmental legislation” among the areas for renegotiation where he believes Brussels has “gone far too far”. Yet polls show that UK voters believe Brussels has a “negative role” in areas such as health care, employment, inflation, housing and tax, but many people consistently say it has had a good effect on the British environment. The EU is widely credited with forcing the pace on improvements to the quality of air and rivers.

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