Linlithgow and East Falkirk MP urges UK Government to think green in future trade deals

Martyn Day MP, Linlithgow & East Falkirk Constituency (SNP).
Martyn Day MP, Linlithgow & East Falkirk Constituency (SNP).

Martyn Day MP has challenged the Secretary of State for International Trade to make ratification and implementation of the Paris Agreement a precondition for any country wishing to make a trade deal with the United Kingdom.

During questions in the Commons last week, the Linlithgow & East Falkirk SNP MP made the plea in a bid to help tackle climate change.

Commenting after the debate, Mr Day said: “Climate change is the defining challenge of our age, one which we all have a responsibility to tackle to protect the planet for future generations.

“Ninety per cent of the world’s illegal deforestation takes place in the Amazon rainforest – something that the Paris Agreement explicitly sets out to tackle and reduce.

“We consistently see a tale of two governments when it comes to tackling climate change. Just last month, the Scottish Government passed the Climate Change Bill - committing Scotland to the most ambitious statutory targets in the world.

“Yet, the Minister has failed to commit to making the ratification and implementation of the Paris Agreement a precondition for any country wishing to make a trade deal with the United Kingdom.

“The UK Government must change trajectory, and commit to tackling climate change on a global scale for future generations.”