Coronavirus: Foreign secretary does not rule out postponing COP26

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab has told MPs he cannot give a ‘cast-iron guarantee’ that crucial UN climate talks will go ahead as planned in November, in light of the restrictions on travel imposed by governments to tackle the global pandemic.

Answering questions from members of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Raab said the government would still seek to hold COP26 in Glasgow as planned, but was keeping it “under close review”. He said: “We of course want it to go ahead, but I can’t give you a guarantee on that.”

Raab confirmed that the climate talks are the government’s “top international priority for the year”, adding that “if anything, coronavirus ought to reinforce this sense that with some of these global challenges we really need to step up to the plate”.

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