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Centre for Brexit Policy

Centre for Brexit Policy

Background

The Centre for Brexit Policy (CBP) is a pro-Brexit, free-market thinktank established in March 2020. The group seeks to “trigger a deep and wide debate about what Brexit should mean for the UK” and to “formulate an overarching framework for the UK that maximises the opportunities Brexit affords”, according to its website. [1]

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Mining Company and Climate Science Denier MP Lobbied Government Against Household Coal Ban

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Therese Coffey

A politician known for promoting climate science denial teamed up with a controversial mining company to lobby the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to drop a proposed ban on the use of coal in England’s households, newly released documents show.

Sammy Wilson, a Northern Irish MP for East Antrim and Brexit spokesperson for the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), and Northumbrian mining company Banks Group, met DEFRA minister Therese Coffey in June 2019. The DUP signed a supply and confidence agreement to prop up Theresa May’s government in March 2019.

How Hard-Brexit Thinktank the Institute for Economic Affairs Helps Climate Science Deniers Push a Deregulation Agenda

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IEA director general Mark Littlewood and Michael Gove

A thinktank has been helping climate science deniers push their agenda on government ministers through its lobbying activities for a UK-US free trade deal, which could see the UK import products such as genetically modified (GM) beef and chlorinated chicken, an undercover investigation by Greenpeace’s Unearthed published in the Guardian reveals.

It exposed how the free-market thinktank the Institute for Economic Affairs is playing a pivotal role in enabling behind-the-scene discussions about a US-UK trade deal while advocating for a hard-Brexit with cabinet ministers.

The Unearthed investigation and a response published by the IEA, seen by DeSmog UK, also reveals details of how climate science deniers, including Tory hereditary peer and coal baron Matt Ridley and DUP MP Sammy Wilson, advocate for deregulation — including on food and environmental standards — as part of the IEA’s push for a hard-Brexit and stronger trans-Atlantic commercial links.

How Climate Science Deniers Prop Up the Tory-DUP Alliance Threatening the Good Friday Agreement

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Tory-DUP map

It is 20 years since Northern Ireland’s leaders signed the Good Friday Agreement. After decades of conflict, the deal laid out how the country would be governed and has proved fragile over the last two decades.

That fragility has been exacerbated over the past 10 months, ever since UK prime minister Theresa May signed a “supply and confidence” pact with Northern Ireland’s pro-Brexit, socially conservative, climate science denying, Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to prop up her Conservative government.

The DUP ’s presence as a governing partner threatens the Good Friday Agreement, as the party has regularly criticised the deal's requirement that both of Northern Ireland’s main parties rule in coalition.

The DUP says this effectively gives their opponents Sinn Fein a veto over major political decisions. Northern Ireland has been without an executive since January 2017 when Sinn Fein resigned from government in protest over the handling of a bungled biomass energy scheme.

The DUP’s new found power also amplifies the influence of a network of Brexiteer climate science deniers with ties to the party. Together, this network is pushing to roll back the UK’s climate commitments through a ‘hard’ Brexit, while also threatening Northern Ireland’s fragile governing arrangements.

Web of Power: Cambridge Analytica and the Climate Science Denial Network Lobbying for Brexit and Trump

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network map

It has been a heck of a few days in the spotlight for Cambridge Analytica — a ‘political consultancy’ that confesses it likes to operate in the shadows.

Revelations continue to emerge about its practices, including allegations of illegal use of Facebook data and corrupting foreign elections.

While the company denies any illegal behaviour, what we do know is that it has been behind seismic political shocks on both sides of the Atlantic: Brexit, and the election of Donald Trump.

Tied to those is a climate science denial agenda that seeks to slash regulation, and line the pockets of those with a vested interest in fossil fuels.

These Are the Fringe MPs Against the UK's Coal Phase Out

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Big Ben in a puddle

The UK government regularly trots out its long-standing commitment to phase out coal power by 2025 as an example of its commitment to tackling climate change.

Evidently, this continues to really bug a fringe set of MPs.

A cross-party group of MPs have signed an early-day motion that says “coal can be, and should be, part of that UK low carbon energy generation mix beyond 2025” — effectively signalling their opposition to the government’s plan.

Looking Back Over the Year: 11 Faces of 2017

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Trump and Theresa May

1. Theresa May

What a year the prime minister has had. An election she won but also basically lost, Brexit negotiations that she’s pretty much losing but claims she’ll ultimately win, and a climate action agenda that despite her recent strong words still seems pretty uncertain at best.

As May is keen to point out, on her watch the UK has reaffirmed a pledge to phase-out coal by 2025, the UK had a coal free day for the first time since the industrial revolution, and the government has made some positive noises about electric vehicles.

But at the same time, members of her party having been busy meeting with climate science deniers in the US, and continue to push disinformation about climate change in the national media. And that’s not to mention what Brexit could do to the UK’s environmental regulations.

Sammy Wilson

Sammy Wilson

Credentials

  • According to his biography, Wilson was educated at Methodist College, Belfast and graduated an Economics and Politics program from Queens University, Belfast. [1]

Background

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Piers Corbyn

Piers Corbyn

Credentials

  • B.Sc. in Physics, Imperial College London. [1]
  • M.Sc. in Astrophysics, Queen Mary College, University of London. [2]

Background

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Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)

Democratic Unionist Party

Background

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is a socially conservative, protestant political party in Northern Ireland. It currently holds the most seats of any party in Northern Ireland’s national assembly.

It has blocked efforts to pass a Climate Change Act in Northern Ireland, as well as having a history of supporting creationism and blocking legislation on abortion and gay marriage. It is the only political party in Ireland to support Brexit.

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