We’ll always have Paris, Theresa May to tell Donald Trump during trade talks
The PM told MPs that the UK would “press” the US president over his decision to withdraw from the accord.
Theresa May has said she will continue to encourage Donald Trump to “find a way back” into the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The Prime Minister told MPs that the UK would “press” the US president after his decision to pull out of the world’s first comprehensive accord on tackling the issue.
After Mrs May gave an update following the G20 summit, Labour’s Christian Matheson (City of Chester) said: “I welcome the Prime Minister’s indication that she wants to coax the United States back into the Paris Agreement.
“So will she consider strengthening her negotiating hand by suggesting to President Trump that there will be no negotiations on a free trade deal until they come back into the deal, or is securing a free trade deal with the United States more important than securing the future of the planet?”
Mrs May replied: “What we want to do is to ensure that we do get a good trade deal with the United States because that will be to the benefit of people here in the United Kingdom with prosperity, economic growth and jobs across the United Kingdom, but we will continue to press on the climate change agreement as well.
“And I, as I say, I am encouraging President Trump, as are others, to find a way back into the Paris Agreement, I think that’s important for us all.
“Meanwhile, we will continue to do our bit in terms of the application of the Paris Agreement.”
Labour MP Rushanara Ali asked Mrs May why she “failed to influence” Mr Trump to stop him pulling out of the Paris Agreement, given their “special relationship”.
Why didn't PM deploy her and her party's special relationship with Donald Trump to prevent withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement at G20? pic.twitter.com/LuhV37Wc9s— Rushanara Ali (@rushanaraali) July 10, 2017
“Will she condemn that decision and refrain from rolling out the red carpet in the form of a state visit to him?”
Mrs May did not comment on the state visit, but said: “I made, and the United Kingdom made, its view on the Paris Agreement very clear to the United States.
“The United States takes its own decisions, this was a commitment that President Trump made during his election campaign.
“I have said to him or more than one occasion that I hope we can encourage the United States to come back into the Paris Agreement, I think that’s important and we will continue to work to try to get them back in.”
Mrs May was asked by Tory MP Henry Smith (Crawley) what discussions she had had with other Commonwealth countries, such as New Zealand, on potential trade deals.
She replied: “I am happy to let (Mr Smith) know that we have indeed also been discussing with New Zealand, this is an issue that I think we can progress with a number of other members of the Commonwealth, not just New Zealand but also Canada.”