That does generally make sense: the industrial base of a continent of 55 million people is going to pollute more than the rather small industrial base of the UK.I’ve read the paper. To summarise: when the wind blows from Europe it spreads pollutants. Presumably when the wind blows the other way, the UK’s pollution heads to Europe.
It seems obvious to me that leaving the EU gives the UK no influence in its (the EU’s) pollution policies. This paper simply demonstrates the damage done by Brexit.
What I suspect irks the Brexit leaders is that they couldn't undercut the EU because of the pesky minimum standards, so Brexit was partly about getting rid of that. Now they are realising the EU is making sure they still can't, and now they can't even posture or threaten in Brussels or Strasbourg.