May to chal­lenge Trump over cli­mate change

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By AMY WAT­SON

Theresa May will tell Don­ald Trump an in­ter­na­tional agree­ment on tack­ling cli­mate change should not be rene­go­ti­ated when they meet for one-to-one talks as world lead­ers gather in Ger­many for the G20.

The Prime Min­is­ter has pre­vi­ously ex­pressed her “dis­ap­point­ment” at the US pres­i­dent’s de­ci­sion to pull out of the Paris Agree­ment and last week she joined other Euro­pean lead­ers in voic­ing their con­tin­ued sup­port for the in­ter­na­tional ac­cord.

But she has faced crit­i­cism for fail­ing to sign up to a state­ment by France, Ger­many and Italy that said the deal can­not be rene­go­ti­ated.

A se­nior UK govern­ment of­fi­cial said Mrs May was ex­pected to raise cli­mate change with the pres­i­dent and would stress that Bri­tain

“re­mains fully com­mit­ted” to the agree­ment.

“She will say that we don’t see any need for rene­go­ti­a­tion - we sup­port the Paris Agree­ment be­cause it de­liv­ers,” they said.

Mrs May will meet the US pres­i­dent to­day on the fringes of the sum­mit in Ham­burg for talks that will also fo­cus on grow­ing con­cerns over mis­sile test­ing by North Korea.

Mrs May was the first leader through the doors of the White House after Mr Trump be­came pres­i­dent and he pre­dicted they would have a “fan­tas­tic” re­la­tion­ship.

The pair were cap­tured by pho­tog­ra­phers briefly hold­ing hands as they walked from the Oval Of­fice to their first press con­fer­ence to­gether.

Mrs May in­vited the pres­i­dent on a state visit to the UK but spec­u­la­tion that it may have been put on hold in the face of ex­pected protests was fu­elled by its ab­sence from last month’s Queen’s Speech.

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