Wed 8 Sep, 2021

The UK Government’s shameful capitulation on climate targets in trade negotiations with Australia shows the Tories can’t be trusted to tackle the climate crisis the Scottish Greens have said.

The news that Boris Johnson’s government removed explicit reference of the Paris agreement temperature commitments to appease the Australian Government, just a matter of weeks before it is set to host the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow, doesn’t bode well for a positive outcome the Greens environment and climate spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP has said.

Mark Ruskell said:

“We’ve known for some time that Boris Johnson’s proposed trade deal with Australia would be devastating for Scotland’s farmers and crofters, and now we have confirmation that it will be devastating for the climate too.

“How is anyone supposed to believe that this calamitous Tory government will broker a deal between 200 countries, when it won’t even stand up to the Australian government over reference to the climate crisis in one trade deal.

“The climate crisis is the biggest threat humanity has ever faced, and in order to tackle it we need to demonstrate the will to work together toward the targets that we have already agreed. The UK Government’s sorry capitulation on this trade deal doesn’t suggest it has the desire or the ability to deliver that necessary action, and that must be a worry for us all.”

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