TORIES SET TO RIP-UP CLIMATE COMMITMENTS AS BREXIT GETS DESPERATE

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UK Government negotiators will be told to “scale down” the focus on climate change and illegal wildlife trade, according to a senior civil servant’s notes that were photographed on a train.

The Department for International Trade official’s notes reveal that Tim Hitchens the director-general of economic and consular affairs at the Foreign Office – will advise a conference later this month that “all posts” should prioritise trade at the expense of climate change and wildlife in negotiations.

Angus MacDonald MSP, member of Holyrood’s Environment Committee, said:

“This revelation is extremely worrying, but unfortunately not surprising given the Tories’ abysmal record on climate change. 

“After scrapping the Department of Energy andClimateChange in her first month in office, Theresa May’s government has categorically failed to support a green agenda or show any opposition to the US President’s recent executive order that reverses many of Obama’s policies to reduce carbon emissions.

“The most recent figures show that the SNP is leading the way in the fight against climate change, with Scotland continuing to outperform the UK on emissions reductions.  We have already exceeded the 2020 target to reduce emissions by 42%, six years early, and our draft Climate Change Plan sets out how we propose to drive emissions down even further, by 66% in 2032.

“It is vital that we stand up to the UK Government’s indifference to and lack of leadership on important environmental issues.  The SNP will continue to stand up for environmental issues and support the EU’s powerful influence in global climate talks, while mitigating, as best we can, the disastrous effects of the Tories’ reckless hard Brexit plans.”

NEW ASHCROFT POLL: FIRST MINISTER HIGHEST APPROVAL OF ANY LEADER

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DAVIDSON IN NEGATIVE FIGURES & FAR LESS POPULAR THAN GERMANY'S ANGELA MERKEL

The First Minister is the only domestic politician with a positive approval rating in Scotland, according to a new poll by Lord Ashcroft.

The Scottish sample of 906 found that 53% of Scots viewed Nicola Sturgeon’s performance above the rating of 50 out of 100, giving the SNP leader an +11% net approval rating.

In contrast 54% placed Ruth Davidson below 50 out of 100 with 58% having a similar view of Theresa May’s performance. Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel also proved more popular with better results than any UK Tory as well as having positive ratings.

This latest poll can be viewed here:

http://lordashcroftpolls.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/New-Landscape-Full-data-tables-March-2017.pdf

LETTER FROM SENIOR EUROPEAN POLITICIANS SHOW SUPPORT FOR SCOTLAND IN THE EU

FIFTY SENIOR EUROPEAN POLITICIANS HAVE SIGNED A LETTER SAYING AN INDEPENDENT SCOTLAND WOULD BE WELCOME IN THE EU.

A letter sent to the Scottish Parliament has shown that the doors to a European future are open to Scotland, should that be the path we choose.

You can read the letter here:

Letter 1

Letter 2

Letter 3

Letter 4

You can find more on this story at the Herald website:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15213118.Fifty_European_politicians_would_welcome_an_independent_Scotland_to_EU/?ref=twtrec

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