UK's May urged to take tougher line against Trump on climate

Ruben Ruiz
June 2, 2017

The United States will withdraw from the global climate agreement known as the Paris accord, President Trump announced on Thursday.

But Britain did not sign a joint statement by the leaders of Germany, France and Italy saying they regretted Trump's decision and stressing that the accord can not be renegotiated.

French former foreign minister Laurent Fabius, who helped broker the 2015 accord, said Trump's decision was "shameful" and a "major error". He couldn't resist a dig at Prime Minister Theresa May in the process.

"China will stand by its responsibilities on climate change", said Premier Li Keqiang, who was in Berlin and Brussels to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel and take part in the 19th EU-China summit.

"The decision of the U.S.to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement is very regrettable, and I'm expressing myself in a very reserved way when I say that", she said, adding that the deal was needed to protect the environment.

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That contrasts with the dismay expressed by European colleagues - Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel called the withdrawal a "brutal act", while German Chancellor Angela Merkel had been vocal in trying to sway Trump not to retreat from the climate deal.

For more: Here's what is in the accord, and here's how the decision could affect the coal industry, the climate, USA global leadership, Trump's public support and the US economy.

In the United Kingdom, the leader of the country's opposition Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn dubbed the decision "reckless and "regressive".

In a statement, Thornberry added that "while Trump's decision hung in the balance and leaders around the world were pressuring him to do the right thing, all Theresa May could say was: It's up to the president to decide".

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