Boris’ dad calls for green taskforce to negotiate Brexit

  A new task force for the energy and environmental sector will be needed to negotiate the UK’s exit from the EU. That’s the view of Stanley Johnson, environmentalist and […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria
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A new task force for the energy and environmental sector will be needed to negotiate the UK’s exit from the EU.

That’s the view of Stanley Johnson, environmentalist and father of former Mayor of London and leader of the Leave campaign Boris Johnson.

Speaking to ELN after the UK voted to leave the EU, Mr Johnson said the task force would look at “extremely important” energy and environmental issues such as the country’s 2020 green targets and its position towards tackling climate change.

He added: “We are going to have to rethink these things, we are going to have to decide which of these EU targets we take over for ourselves. These are important questions, extremely important and that should be part of the negotiation.”

Brexit also means the UK will need new green legislation, according to Mr Johnson.

He went on: “It means we will need to replace the legislation which we have in the UK as a result of EU legislation. We need to re-examine it and see to what extend we need to replace it with our own domestic legislation.”

He believes the country will have to seek its “own motivations” towards getting investment for renewable projects as “we won’t have the push in terms of renewable targets which comes from the EU”.