Claim: No-deal Brexit would be a disaster for the climate

Posted: August 7, 2019 by oldbrew in climate, Emissions, Politics, propaganda
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It had to happen, didn’t it? ‘Project Fear’ merchants love to cite climate change and Brexit, so for them combining the two into yet another disaster rant is better still. Cue non-bendy bananas and missed emissions targets.
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Boris Johnson’s leadership increases the likelihood of a hard exit from the EU, shattering the bloc’s solidarity and empowering a radical deregulation agenda, says Climate Home News.

The new UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, seems intent on leaving the EU with or without a deal on 31 October. The repercussions of a no-deal Brexit for the UK’s domestic climate policy – and its global climate leadership – could be disastrous.

For three decades, the UK has played a central role within the EU, consistently aligning itself with the green grouping of member states.

It contributed more than its fair share of the EU’s climate efforts, is penciled in for a significantly above-average contribution to the EU’s Paris Agreement pledge, and it has decarbonized faster than any other member state.

In a no-deal Brexit, the obvious first order impact is that the UK’s influence over the EU’s climate policy would end, and its successes at cutting emissions would no longer count to the bloc’s targets.

The loss of the UK’s influence at the table will be a major blow to European climate solidarity. It will undercut the EU’s future climate ambition by tilting the balance of power towards less ambitious member states – the likes of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. This will damage the ability of the EU to project global leadership.

Even if the EU may be weakened, the UK government has been adamant that its climate diplomacy will fill the gap. It recently committed to reach “net zero” emissions by 2050, and to hosting Cop26 UN climate talks at the end of 2020.

However, in an ultra-hard Brexit, the one now on the table, the lofty ambition of UK leadership – like so much else associated with post-Brexit Britain – may be revealed as wishful thinking.

We must not forget the fantasy at the heart of Brexit – that the EU is rife with “Brussels bureaucrats” hell bent on regulating everything from the transport of smoked kippers to the bendiness of bananas.

Post-Brexit Britain, we have been reassured, is poised to “take back control” by casting off these pesky regulations.

Full article here.

  1. Seems all good to me, cut climate stupidity off at the knees.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Climate nonsense needs an emission target: zero.

  3. tom0mason says:

    “The repercussions of a no-deal Brexit for the UK’s domestic climate policy – and its global climate leadership – could be disastrous.”

    Leadership of the banal.

  4. ivan says:

    All the so called problems they list are all things that need to be killed off along with the repeal of the climate change act 2008 and all committees, green taxes and all subsidies to unreliable renewable energy.

  5. Graeme No.3 says:

    The title should be ammended to “No-deal Brexit could be a disaster for the climate industry”.
    Personally I doubt that they face any loss of money, influence, sinecures etc. until the politicians lose their love of wasting taxpayers money on virtue signaling or hell freezes over.

  6. gallopingcamel says:

    Nowhere in the last 600 million years has CO2 driven the climate. On the other hand “Hard Science” in the shape of ice core studies shows that [CO2] lags temperature.

  7. gallopingcamel says:

    Why wait until October? The UK needs a “No Deal” BREXIT now so that you can start negotiating bi-lateral trade deals in earnest.

    If Boris can’t get the wobbly Tories to back him let’s hope he has the guts to call a general election.

    I know that strategy back fired for Teresa May but she was never sincere about leaving and her fake sincerity was not convincing enough.

  8. Adam Gallon says:

    A non-worry.
    Of all the calamities that a crash out Brexit will lead to, even if our contributions to climate change, were real, significant & measurable, it’d still come way down the list.

  9. oldbrew says:

    Ireland is going to be between a rock and a hard place if they stick to the EU hardline script over Brexit. But at least their electricity imports from the UK are getting cheaper as the pound slips against the euro.

    In June, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said a “disorderly Brexit” could cost 55,000 Irish jobs within two years and a further 30,000 over the longer term.

    GC – the UK can’t leave the EU until Article 50 expires at the end of October, because Parliament always votes against it. No vote is needed if A50 is just left to expire – Brexit is then the legal default (as things stand now).

    Still time for more legal and/or political games though.

  10. Phoenix44 says:

    Once again a strawman from a Remainer. Yes, I want the UK to deregulate but more than that I want the UK to decide. If more regulation wins a democratic vote, fine. If that proves to be a bad choice we can change our minds. That is the whole point, not to choose one thing or another now but to be able to choose every few years.

  11. oldbrew says:

    How’s the glorious German energy transition to help ‘save the climate’ going? Ohhh…

    German Agency For Disaster Preparedness Calls On Citizens To “Be Ready For Widespread Blackouts”
    By P Gosselin on 7. August 2019

    To prepare for blackouts, Unger told Die Welt that citizens needed to keep “candles and matches” and always have a “battery-powered radio on hand in order to be able to receive news even when the power is out.” He added: “Every household should have a supply of food and drinking water.”
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    Is that the economic powerhouse of Europe they’re talking about?

  12. stpaulchuck says:

    Great Britain! throw off the chains of tyranny!! [something right out of the 18th century *grin*]

    Once again a bunch of power mad incompetents in Europe have turned a decent idea into a massive, bloated, incompetent quagmire of rules and laws all of which are down to just one thing – ultimate power over the people. Screw ’em.

    First thing to do – build a couple large coal fired power plants! That ought to tighten the sphincters across the channel, ha ha ha. Part 2: stop ALL subsidies for power, especially so-called green power. Starve the quangos of their stolen lucre and they’ll move somewhere else. And… stop importing wood chips to burn! Good grief.

  13. pochas94 says:

    One thing’s for sure. Britain will have to find leadership. I hope to God that Johnson’s the man.

  14. oldbrew says:

    No-deal Brexit cattle cull ‘scare tactics’ – Ulster Farmers’ Union
    8 August 2019

    The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has rejected claims that 45,000 dairy cows will be culled in Northern Ireland as part of a no-deal Brexit.

    BBC Newsnight reported that senior industry figures believe cows could be culled in the event of a no-deal Brexit, if new higher tariffs are applied to British milk.

    UFU president Ivor Ferguson said it was “scare tactics”.
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    BBC debunks its own scare story 😁

  15. pochas94 says:

    So with Britain gone, Germany will have to carry the torch alone. Hmm….

  16. oldbrew says:


    ‘Thanks to the Green Revolution that was spurred in part by Norman Borlaug’s work to develop heartier and higher-yielding strains of staple crops like wheat, food production doubled without significantly expanding land use.’

  17. gallopingcamel says:


    Larry Arnn at Hillsdale college is a huge Anglo-phile. Much of his life was devoted the definitive bio of Winston Churchill in 35 volumes.

    Suddenly he is delighted by your new Prime Minister. Has Larry got it right?

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