Wed 12 Feb, 2020

The UK Government has already left the world wondering if it is serious about this conference Patrick Harvie

Relocating COP26 to London would be a further blow for the UK Government’s credibility, Scottish Green co-leader Patrick Harvie has said.

Following reports that the UK Government has approached the ExCeL London venue about hosting the COP26 climate change summit instead of Glasgow, Patrick Harvie said:

“Glasgow has the infrastructure and venue to host the COP international summit. We also have many people keen to challenge the UK and Scottish Government on their lack of action tackling the climate emergency. Glasgow has a fantastic opportunity to use the platform to be heard.

“The UK Government has already left the world wondering if it is serious about this conference. They’ve sacked the person in charge, they’ve shown more interest in union flags and provoking a spat with the Scottish Government, and they have shown none of the leadership that’s needed. If they now can’t even decide which venue to book, they will lose any remaining shred of credibility.

“They should confirm Glasgow as the venue, appoint a genuine climate leader to chair the conference, and then start the urgent job of building support for the radical change of direction that the climate emergency demands.”

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