Brexit has divided the country for the past five years and almost paralysed it for the last two. If the commentators are to be believed, it is this one issue above anything else that has dominated the latest election. The night of the General Election was a time of wild celebration for some and heartbreak for others. But Brexit will pass and we will move on. My guess is that most of us will have shifted our attention to other matters well before the end of this new parliament. And at the top of those concerns must surely be the fate of our planet.
The climate and ecological emergencies we face are very different from Brexit. For a start they are not dividing our country – according to an Opinium poll, more than two thirds of British people think climate change is the greatest threat facing humanity. And just after the EU referendum in 2016 an Ipsos Mori poll showed that 84% of people wanted environmental protections as strong or even stronger following Brexit.