The Scottish government is calling for the UK to ratify the Paris agreement on climate change.

The landmark measures agreed at the climate change discussions last year should be implemented by the UK government without delay, environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham said today.

Cunningham has written to UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Policy Greg Clark asking for a swift ratification of the treaty.

The US and China are already among the 26 states that have ratified the so-called Paris Agreement,  the first global and legally-binding climate deal.

“There is growing concern that any unnecessary delay in the UK ratification will diminish its position as a world leader in tackling global climate change,” Cunningham said. “It also risks sending the wrong signal to the low carbon sector and the investment community at a time when confidence is already low on the back of policy changes at UK level.

“The UK can and should continue to show leadership and I urge the UK Government to complete the domestic ratification process ahead of the next meeting in November,” she said.

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