Countries who want to trade with the UK must adhere to the climate change conditions contained within the Paris Agreement according to East Falkirk MP Martyn Day.
During a question time session at the House of Commons, Mr Day 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.
He 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 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.”