Climate change: Boris Johnson's 'targets' questioned by Menon
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Director of UK in a Changing Europe, Professor Anand Menon argued there is much to be desired when it comes to the Government explaining what the future of Brexit Britain will be like. During an interview with Express.co.uk, Professor Menon insisted the public needed to know what levelling up would be like in practice. He claimed Boris Johnson was unclear about how it would actually meet its climate change targets as well as other issues.
Professor Menon said: “We have seen a lot of rhetoric around moves to tackle the climate emergency and infrastructure.
“Boris Johnson, as ever, has come up with catchphrases: build back better, levelling up.
“But as of yet, we haven’t really seen the actions to match those words.
“In a sense, the jury is still out on whether the Government will do what it needs to do to meet its own climate target, as of yet we don’t know.
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“Whether there is any substance to levelling up it is not entirely clear because no one, including the Government at the moment, seems to know what levelling up means.
“What are the targets? What are the metrics? What are the policy tools we are going to use to bring about levelling up?
“On a very basic level, what is levelling up? What is exactly does it mean.
“There is an awful lot we need to learn when it comes to the Government’s intentions are when it comes to actions as opposed to just listening to them come out with good catchphrases.”
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Regarding Brexit Britain, Professor Menon admitted that tensions between the EU and UK could remain high going forward.
One reason for the hostility would be the issues surrounding Northern Ireland which had proven to be a difficult situation for both parties.
Another reason being the EU’s determination to see Brexit fail.
Professor Menon said: “There are at least two good reasons why there are Brexit rows are going on.
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“The first is because there are genuine substantive issues of which the EU and UK disagree.
“They could yet pull the whole thing down and Northern Ireland is the obvious case there.
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