Justine Thornton QC: Why Brexit poses a serious threat to the health of our children

Justine Thornton QC: Why Brexit poses a serious threat to the health of our children


CategoryNews Author Justine Thornton QC Date

(Evening Standard – 6th September 2016)

“A few days after the European Union referendum I went to an impromptu gathering of barristers in Gray’s Inn to debate the uncertain aftermath of Brexit. Over several hours of discussion about our role a consensus emerged. We are not politicians. Our job is to explain the legal consequences of Brexit clearly and honestly.

I doubt that air pollution was at the forefront of decision-making when the UK voted for Brexit. It was hardly discussed in the campaign. But Brexit seriously threatens the health of children in London and elsewhere. Air pollution is a silent killer that is responsible for nearly 10,000 early deaths in the capital each year. Children are more vulnerable than adults. This paper and the new Mayor of London have taken a tough stand on the issue.”

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