Climate change think tank E3G has called for discussions on energy to be given the same status as those on security during the Brexit negotiations.

The think tank wants to see a chapter in the future relationship agreement to be dedicated to energy and climate change.

Jonathan Gaventa, a Director of E3G said: “The greatest long-term threat European citizens face is climate change and our leaders must defend their interests decisively.

“The vital importance of climate and energy issues to European security mean that it must be prioritised.”

Joint ministerial council

E3G has set out a series of recommendations, including:

● the creation of a joint Ministerial Council on Climate Change comprising the UK and the European Union (EU);

● an agreement for the UK and EU to continuing the joint fulfilment of their Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) within the Paris Climate Change Agreement;

● and for the UK to agree to continue to report its annual emission reductions to the EU with regard to the “at least 40% emissions reduction target” in the 2030 Climate and Energy Package.

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