Theresa May tells US climate change ‘does not respect national borders’

Prime Minister Theresa May has urged the US to work with the United Nations to tackle climate change. In a speech to the Republican Party last night, she said the […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Prime Minister Theresa May has urged the US to work with the United Nations to tackle climate change.

In a speech to the Republican Party last night, she said the UK and US need to “rebuild confidence” in multinational institutions like the UN and NATO that encourage international co-operation and partnership.

Her statement comes ahead of her meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House today.

Ms May added: “We know that so many of the threats we face today – global terrorism, climate change, organised crime, unprecedented mass movements of people – do not respect national borders.

“So we must turn towards those multinational institutions like the UN and NATO that encourage international cooperation and partnership.”

Ms May also praised the new President’s win, saying it came in defiance of “pundits and polls” and echoed the hopes of working Americans.

The Prime Minister added she too is a conservative who believes in “putting power in the hands of the people”.

During his first few days in office, Mr Trump replaced Barack Obama’s climate plans with a fossil fuel based policy, revived two controversial oil pipelines and reportedly froze the Environmental Protection Agency’s grants.

In a letter to Ms May today, the UK Environmental Audit Committee urged her to challenge the new President’s views on climate change.