Sunak U-turn: PM will attend COP27 in Egypt
a couple of developments in that manston Asylum processing center in the last few minutes four select committee chairmen wrote to bullying soil the Home Secretary two of them were Conservatives and they are talking about their deep concerns about the appalling conditions in manston they are talking about the treatment of vulnerable use of force and restraint detention going on too long, we also hear that the PCS Union, uh, the Civil Service Union may well be close to trying to judicially review the Home Office by taking the government to the courts as you said this all came up on question time kirstan the union leader it is not surprising that perhaps he is talking about an asylum system that was broken given sue ella bravman had said exactly that on monday the prime minister responded to just the questions of a second prime minister, uh, trying to say that the government had a record to be proud of on immigration and that you didn't distance yourself from the Home Secretary page mr president all the people who came in small boats last year how many asylum applications have been processed prime minister mr president yes we need we need mr president not enough is the very simple answer and that is what we are going to fix ok said the prime minister there was a plan to deal with the asylum system but when you press number 10 on what is the plan is it related I happen to come across the 10-point plan on immigration that Prime Minister Rishi
Sunak outlined when he was running for leadership and the Conservative party this summer says well in terms of the promises he can make, so he's definitely committed to their sentiment and when question about the 2019 Manifesto, they say it is committed to the promise, not the promises, the promise of that M anifesto is somewhat committed to some of the slogans but not necessarily clear on the details there's a great sense with your governor right now that it's a work in progress and you also have that uh when the prime minister
turns you uneasy about his decision whether or not to go to the Cop 27 Summit in
Egypt, he has decided to go, the suggestion being that he is more comfortable with the progress that has been made on the fall statement that Jeremy Hunt
will give later this month, but once again you feel like this is a government that is more sort of wet clay than concrete Gary thank you very much the Prime Minister is now going to the Cop 27 Summit I am joined by one of the UK's chief negotiators at last year's conference Nigel topping is the uk senior champion on climate change uh mr topping this change of mind by the prime minister how important is it that he goes well just the right sound was not one of those negotiated main res.
I have a role for the UN as a high-level climate action champion, working with companies and cities etc. around the world but I would say this is a really important change of heart I'm delighted to see that the Prime Minister goes to the UK he's still the chair of the cooperative process until day one when he hands it over to
Egypt so it's a very important sign of a commitment to the process and I think it's an opportunity to inject some real ambition and urgency into that Summit of world leaders at the beginning. given that the UK has one of the most ambitious plans to cut emissions by almost 80 and would like to see 85 would like to see the king of 10 now given your interest in all this I think it's probably too late given the complexities of the arrangements security, you know, the Kings celebrating, everything, a really important meeting to support a palace on Friday where about 200 leaders from governments, companies, civil society
will meet, it really is a springboard for the Sharma show, I think it would have It would have been great if he was there, he's a known leader in this area, um, and the
Egyptians would have loved to have him there, but I think it's probably too late to change that, well, I'm sure it's a shame and you.
I am clearly disappointed, but if
Sunaka had made this decision sooner, he could have been there and the fact is that the Prime Minister was embarrassed to
attend and knows that he made clear what he thinks of the whole climate change agenda. get rid of valak sharma the police chief cabinet officer you know his heart isn't really in all this is all um no no i don't know i think the test of the desserts in the eat like they say we got this review um that Chris Skidmore is doing on the business competitiveness issues around going to zero, what I would say is that we're clearly seeing that this is a competitiveness issue, you know, the two of the four largest economies in the world.
Germany and California are committed to Net Zero 2045. India and China are doubling EV sales every year, so this is going very fast, so it's not just a matter of reducing environmental emissions, that's why the one we started all this. process, but now it is a question of who is going to win the competitive race to build the zero carbon products on which the future economy
will be based. I wonder if the government got the message because it recently changed its mind. and they reinstated the ban on fracking um they continue to issue oil and gas licenses how are they going to best get that message across to the government that it can actually boost the economy to invest in green technology well i think i mean all the economic analysis shows that um there's a big economic prize, I mean, one of the reasons why the combustion engine phase-out application was introduced earlier was that the climate change committee showed that that would be macroeconomically better for the UK government so I want to say what I try and do is show ministers that you
will hear this is happening faster and faster around the world hydrogen green steel green navy green sustainable aviation for your sector by sector is ce Entering what we call the exponential phase of the transition, where the phase of the transition goes faster and faster, we are ac We're used to this in things like the internet and mobile phones but now we're seeing it in heavy industries as a lot like steel and energy transportation just going back um you saw Alex Sharma practically crying at the end of cop 26 when India and China stepped in to trying to water down um attempts to end coal power use since then feels like things have changed. has receded as countries around the world prioritize cost of living does that mean green energy or not?
Are you pretty gloomy about the prospects for
cop27? No, I think you really have to distinguish between some of the short-term stocks because of the energy crisis. availability due to the russian invasion of ukraine which means people are burning whatever they get their hands on so there is more charcoal and gasping but now than it would have been otherwise but that's not what As the solution to the cost of living crisis, of course, the cost of living crisis is caused by the high and volatile costs of fossil fuels and the solution is the low and stable cost of renewable energy, so that we're actually seeing an increase in investment in renewables, so there's a short-term way out of the crisis and then, but this is actually having the effect of speeding up the transition, thank you very much for joining us.