Britain Declares Independence

GWPF | 25 June 2016

Brexit Has Significant Implications For Energy & Climate Policies

It’s not for nothing that the U.K. has been a great player on the world stage for centuries. Having declared their independence from the EU, the British people can now show the world what a determined democracy can accomplish. – Editorial, The Wall Street Journal, 24 June 2016

“The decision by the British people to leave the European Union will have significant and long-term implications for energy and climate policies,” Dr. Benny Peiser, director of the Global Warming Policy Forum, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “It is highly unlikely that the party-political green consensus that has existed in Parliament for the last 10 years will survive the seismic changes that are now unfolding after Britain’s Independence Day,” Peiser said. “But perhaps the most important aspect of the EU referendum has been the astonishing self-determination and scepticism of the British people in face of an unprecedented fear campaign,” Peiser said. –Michael Bastasch, The Daily Caller, 24 June 2016

1) Peiser: Brexit Has Significant Implications For Energy And Climate Policies
The Daily Caller, 24 June 2016

2) UN Boss: Brexit Means Rewriting Of Paris Climate Agreement, 22 June 2016

3) Brexit Brings Chaos to Europe’s Green Energy & Climate Goals
MIT Technology Review, 24 June 2016

4) Brexit Campaign Leadership Dominated By Climate-Sceptics
EurActiv, 24 May 2016

5) Brexit Is A More Impressive Achievement Than The French Revolution
The Daily Telegraph, 25 June 2016

A vote for Brexit in the UK referendum on EU membership would mean that the COP21 agreement would have to be rewritten, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change said today (22 June) in Brussels. Christiana Figueres, one of the architects of the historic deal struck last December to limit warming to no more than two degrees above pre-industrial levels, said the international pact, “would require recalibration”. –James Crisp,, 22 June 2016

The departure of the EU’s second-largest economy could have unsettling implications for the Paris climate accord. U.K. voters’ decision to exit the European Union sent shock waves through world markets today, including the energy sector. The consensus from policymakers, clean-energy advocates, and analysts was that while “Brexit” will not completely derail the EU’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions under the Paris climate accord, it will certainly throw a spanner in the works. –Richard Martin, MIT Technology Review, 24 June 2016

The UK government won high praise six months ago for taking a leading role in the successful Paris climate change agreement, the first legally binding commitment on curbing carbon emissions by all 195 United Nations countries. With the vote to leave the EU, the UK’s future participation in that landmark accord is now in doubt. More importantly, for the rest of the world, the Leave campaign’s victory provides a fillip globally for groups opposed to climate action, and if it causes delays to the Paris accord coming into effect, it could provide an opening for aspiring right-wing leaders – including Donald Trump – to try to unpick the pact. “There is a risk that this could kick EU ratification of the Paris agreement into the long grass,” Jonathan Grant, director of sustainability at PwC, told the Guardian. –Fiona Harvey, The Guardian, 25 June 2016


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