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UK Climate Diplomacy Staff Cut Again as Post-Brexit Links to Trump and US Deniers Strengthen

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With Donald Trump set to become the President of the United States, the international climate change political scenery has shifted.

The president-elect’s stance on “quitting” the Paris Agreement seems to have softened in recent days. But countries are still going to need strong diplomatic teams to shore-up the global commitment to tackling climate change, reiterated at the Marrakech climate talks last week.

So it’s notable that the UK’s climate diplomacy team appears to weakening.

For the second year in a row, the foreign office reduced the number of people working on climate change and energy, documents released by the government this week under a freedom of information request show.

Mapped: A Who's Who of Brexit and Climate Science Denial

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Climate science denial Brexit map

A network of lobbyists, politicians and campaign groups is pushing the UK towards a hard-Brexit, with the aim of axing environmental protection in the name of free-market ideology.

Powerful vested interests are at play, with a network of decision-makers and companies that profit from climate inaction overlapping with a cabal of climate science deniers eager to limit global action to cut emissions.

Over the past four years, DeSmog has been tracking this network. We’ve now mapped over 2,000 connections between its actors operating at the highest levels of political and corporate life in the UK, US and Europe.

EU Elections 2019: These Climate Science Deniers are now Members of the European Parliament

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Brexit party candidates

The Brexit Party has swept to victory in the UK’s European Parliament elections, meaning a new large group of climate science deniers will soon be walking the corridors of Brussels and Strasbourg.

Richard Tice

Richard Tice

Credentials

  • Uppingham School. [1]
  • Quantity surveying and construction economics, Salford University. [1]

Background

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Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe

Credentials

  • B.A. Latin, University of Birmingham. [1]
  • B.A. Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), University of Oxford. [2]

Background

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Denial and Dampening Ambition: Where do Europe's Right-Wing Populist Parties Stand on Climate Change?

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European parliament

With the European elections around the corner, populists and right-wing parties are gathering momentum and teaming-up into a pan-European alliance.

The alliance is being established around a common anti-immigration and eurosceptic ideology but nationalists parties have something else in common: opposition to climate action.

Research shows that dozens of candidates standing in the election are using climate science denial and anti-climate action rhetoric as a campaign strategy.

Meet The Brexit Party's Climate Science Deniers

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Brexit Party and Nigel Farage

It’s just over a fortnight since Nigel Farage was back in the headlines, launching his new Brexit Party to contest the upcoming European Parliament elections, in what he describes as a “democratic revolution.”

The former UKIP leader, who left his old party in December after deciding it had become too right-wing even for him, vowed he would return to frontline politics if Britain’s departure from the EU was delayed any longer.

While it might seem like a single-issue party, there’s something striking about the list of candidates we’ve been gradually drip-fed since its formal launch on 12 April: the sheer number who still can’t accept the science on climate change or just don’t think it’s worth the effort of doing anything about.

Annunziata Rees-Mogg

Annunziata Rees-Mogg

Credentials

  • Annunziata Rees-Mogg attended Godolphin and Latymer, a private girls’ school in Hammersmith, London. [1]

Background

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What the Rise of Right-Wing Populism in Europe Means for Climate Science Denial

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Marine le Pen Front National

Across Europe, right-wing populist parties are picking up votes. In some countries, once-fringe parties have gained enough support to propel them into the halls of national power. But, for most, an easier target has been the European Parliament. And that could matter for climate change.

The UK Independence Party is a case in point. The group, once led by Nigel Farage, has seven MEPs, in contrast to zero MPs in the UK parliament (the breakaway “Brexit Party” has a further eight MEPs). But it is not alone in eyeing Brussels as a potential foothold on the path to power.

‘Brexit: The Uncivil War’ — What You Need to Know About The Real People Leading the Leave Campaign

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Brexit: The Uncivil war

How was the Brexit referendum won?

That’s the question at the core of Brexit: The Uncivil War, written by James Graham and aired for the first time on Monday, which presents a two-hour account of events leading to the Leave campaign's victory on the 23 June 2016.

The overwhelmingly male cast plays the string of ministers, political activists, businessmen and strategists involved in whipping up support for the Leave side. In the foreground of the story is Vote Leave campaign director Dominic Cummings, played by Benedict Cumberbatch as the mastermind behind the campaign’s catchy slogan and the cunning strategist who understood the power of data in political campaigning.

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