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UK must uphold EU standards

UK must uphold EU standards 26 February 2020

No backsliding on climate goals, carbon price, EU tells Britain (via Reuters)

By Kate Abnett

Britain must uphold EU climate change targets and environmental standards after the post–Brexit transition period, the bloc will say in negotiations to strike a deal on future ties.

European Union member states on Tuesday adopted a negotiating mandate for the executive European Commission.

It will begin talks with Britain next week to try to agree a partnership deal for when the transition period with the outgoing member state ends on Dec. 31.

The text of the EU mandate says the deal, covering trade and economic cooperation, as well as other policy areas, would require minimum commitments from Britain on climate change and environment, including targets “where relevant”.

Britain and the European Union have both been vying for climate leadership and say the issue of global warming is a political priority.

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