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United Kingdom : Tories cosy up to Bolsonaro as Amazon burns Barry Gardiner responds.

As a government minister ends his four day trip to Rio and Brasilia, Labour challenges the Tories to stand up to Bolsonaro, whose far right government is facilitating forest fires that threaten the world.

Junior trade minister Conor Burns posed for pictures and drank champagne with Brazilian minister Marcos Troyjo who last week explicitly backed Bolsonaros policy of deforestation of the Amazon and on Twitter described Troyjo as superb.

Responding, Barry Gardiner MP, Labours Shadow Trade Secretary, said:

While Bolsonaro lets agribusinesses burn the Amazon, this week a UK government minister has been busy cosying up to the Brazilian Presidents officials.

Instead of posing for photographs with far right Brazilian politicians, Ministers should be calling on Brazil to do everything they can to protect the rainforest. The government must insist that Brazil honours environmental clauses in existing trade agreements and fulfils their commitments under the Paris Agreement.

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Date:Aug 27, 2019
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