Great Britain: first tensions between Charles III and the new Prime Minister Liz Truss

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King Charles III, yet a great defender of the environment, will not go to COP27 in Egypt. It is Liz Truss, the new British Prime Minister, who would have advised the new monarch, who has just succeeded her mother Elizabeth II, to stay away from the climate summit.

King Charles III will not travel to COP27 scheduled for November in Egypt after the prime minister objected to his attendance, reported Saturday night. Sunday Times.

The new monarch of the United Kingdom, an ardent environmentalist who has just succeeded her mother Elizabeth II, intended to give a speech at this climate summit (November 6-18), according to the British weekly. But this plan was thwarted by Liz Truss, who opposed it during a personal audience with the King at Buckingham Palace in September.

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Risk of backsliding in relation to climate commitments

The information comes at a sensitive time for the prime minister, in office for less than a month and already in turmoil after budget announcements turned into a financial fiasco. Some fear that Liz Truss will back down on the country’s climate change.

The introduction last week of a bill to amend or remove hundreds of environmental protection laws inherited from the EU by the end of 2023 acted as the straw that broke the camel’s back for environmentalists. And his cabinet has several ministers skeptical of carbon neutrality by 2050, as stipulated by the Paris Agreement.

Liz Truss is not going to Cop27 either

According to Sunday Times, the prime minister will also not participate in COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh. This summit was held in 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Elizabeth II, the future King Charles III and her son William were present.

A royal source told the newspaper that it was “no mystery that the king was invited” to COP27. But “he had to think very seriously about what steps to take for his first foreign trip”, and the climate summit will not be one of them.

In the UK, all official visits abroad by members of the Royal Family are carried out in accordance with Government advice.

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