Green MEP: ‘I won’t give up on search for Birling Gap answers as easily as Government has’

Responding to the news that Defra has published its scientific report into the Birling Gap ‘chemical haze’ incident in East Sussex in August 2017, Keith Taylor, Green MEP for Sussex and a member of the European Parliament’s Environment and Public Health Committee, said:

“Defra’s frustrating report doesn’t tell us anything we don’t already know; we still don’t have any real answers on what the gas was or from where it came.”

“Educated guesses are useful to a point but they don’t help deliver justice for the hundreds of residents and holidaymakers hospitalised when all they wanted to do was spend a nice relaxing day at the beach. It is hard to escape the feeling the Government has consistently shrugged its shoulders in response to this incident when it should be laser-focused on finding and holding to account those responsible.” 

“At the very least, the Government should be able to offer residents an assurance that this won’t happen again (as it did in Seaford, just a month after Birling Gap), but, with no firm answers, it’s clear that it can’t.”

“On behalf of the health and well-being of my constituents, and with the help of the EU institutions, I will continue my pursuit of answers and assurances. I don’t give up as easily as the Government seemingly has.”