Sunak COP27 u-turn

Mr Johnson selected to not publicly criticise Mr Sunak’s preliminary refusal to attend, however mentioned in an interview broadcast on Tuesday night that he might be attending to debate “how we see issues within the UK” given he has a “explicit curiosity”.

“I used to be invited by the Egyptians so I’m very completely satisfied to go,” he informed Sky News.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman insisted it was good progress on the November 17 autumn Budget that modified Mr Sunak’s thoughts on attendance.

“We wished to ensure we have been making good progress on the Government’s home agenda and the Autumn Statement specifically,” the spokesman mentioned.

“Following discussions with the Chancellor this week, he has now agreed to attend. The Prime Minister feels there’s enough house to make this journey.”


Mr Sharma, who presided over Cop26 in Glasgow final 12 months, welcomed Mr Sunak’s reversal, saying he “fully” agrees together with his feedback that local weather motion is required to safe long-term prosperity.

Deputy Labour chief Angela Rayner mentioned the U-turn was “embarrassing”, arguing that Mr Sunak needed to be “dragged kicking and screaming into doing the precise factor”.

It was solely on Friday that Mr Sunak was arguing to broadcasters that he was “specializing in the miserable home challenges we have now with the economic system” as he sought to justify not attending.

“I believe that’s what folks watching would fairly count on me to be doing as properly,” he mentioned.

Shadow local weather secretary Ed Miliband mentioned Mr Sunak had agreed to go “to keep away from embarrassment to not present management” and seized on his change in language, saying: “The man is a phoney.”


“The Prime Minister has been shamed into going to Cop27 by the torrent of disbelief that he would fail to show up,” Mr Miliband added.

“Yet once more we see a Prime Minister who solely makes selections for causes of political administration not the nationwide curiosity.”

The key day for world leaders is Monday, when high-level talks are scheduled, and US President Joe Biden is predicted to attend.

Green MP Caroline Lucas tweeted: “Glad to see Sunak’s screeching U-turn on #COP27, however what an embarrassing mis-step on the world stage. Let this be a lesson to him – local weather management issues.”

Friends of the Earth worldwide local weather campaigner Rachel Kennerley welcomed Mr Sunak having “seen sense and determined to attend” and urged him to “rebuild” the UK’s local weather repute.


Despite No 10’s U-turn, the King continues to be not planning to attend Cop27.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman mentioned there’s “unanimous settlement” with the Government that it isn’t proper for Charles, a long-standing environmental campaigner, to go.

In Egypt, Mr Sunak will hope to make progress on the dedication to halt deforestation by 2030 and to agree new partnerships on clear and renewable power, Downing Street mentioned.

Mr Sunak’s spokesman mentioned he wouldn’t “pre-empt” conversations when requested if he’ll increase the imprisonment of British-Egyptian pro-democracy activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah, who’s on starvation strike.

“We are working exhausting to safe Alaa Abdel-Fattah’s launch. We are elevating his case on the highest ranges of the Egyptian authorities,” the spokesman mentioned.

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Sam Blewett and Emily Beament are reporters with PA. Brendan Montague is editor of The Ecologist.