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EU referendum: Britain's biggest environmental charities using public cash to call for In vote

An In/Out vote on Britain's EU membership will be held before the end of 2017 Photo: Alamy

An In/Out vote on Britain’s EU membership will be held before the end of 2017 Photo: Alamy

Published on The Telegraph website on 7th March 2016
By , Political Correspondent

 

Friends of the Earth, The Wildlife Trusts and Greenpeace accused of leaving donors ‘infuriated’ by openly campaigning for In vote despite guidance

Britain’s biggest environmental charities have been accused of using public donations to campaign for staying in the European Union.

The charities watchdog will on Monday issue new guidance on political neutrality after Friends of the Earth, The Wildlife Trusts and Greenpeace all made public comments backing EU membership.

The charities have all insisted that Britain being a member of the EU is vital to protecting Britain’s wildlife – with one suggesting that those backing Brexit want to make the country “the dirty man of Europe”.

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