Tory ministers give in to Australian pressure over Brexit climate demands

Press quote (The National)
08 September 2021

Sam Lowe, trade expert at the Centre for European Reform, told Sky News he was surprised at UK ministers bowing to pressure from Australia.

"Australia doesn't want the trade deal to be made conditional to their membership of Paris Agreement, so essentially it doesn't want to be held to account in the event it doesn't do what it says it does in relation to the agreement," he said.

"It has made commitments to reduce its carbon emissions over a number years, but there is a suspicion it doesn't have much intention to do so, as the economy is quite reliant on coal, and its politicians are sceptical of climate change. So it doesn't want to have a binding international obligation that will require it to go through with this."