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Barry welcomes UK ratification of Paris Climate Agreement

In response to the UK Parliament approving ratification of the Paris Agreement, Barry Gardiner, shadow minister for international climate change said:

 

 

"I welcome the good news that the UK is now ready to ratify the historic Paris Agreement.

"In September we challenged the government to be one of the founder countries to ratify. And though the agreement actually came into force earlier this month, it is good that there is now cross-party support to get on and implement it.

"This strong signal of the UK's commitment to international co-operation on climate change is even more important following the US election. 

"The UK Government must now show their commitment through climate action on the ground. We face a 47% shortfall to meet our 2030 climate target. Pursuing fracking and a 6 fold tax hike on solar business rates only take us in the wrong direction."

 

Note to editors

Labour hosted an Opposition Day debate in September calling on the Government to start the ratification process through Parliament, to be able to ratify the treaty this year. Days later, Theresa May announced to the UN that the UK would complete domestic ratification by the end of 2016. 

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