EU countries warn of possible damage from CO2 levels, as UK leaves EU
European countries are warning of a “dangerous” rise in CO2 and an impending collapse in crop yields as the UK leaves the European Union.
In a joint statement, EU countries warned the risk of a severe global food crisis would increase as a result of the UK’s withdrawal from the bloc.
The countries said they would continue to work closely with their trading partners and other international partners to ensure the UK remained part of the EU and did not leave the EU without a replacement plan.EU officials and the British government have said they expect the UK to have a new Brexit deal by the end of March.EU leaders said they wanted to avoid a “disastrous” breakdown in trade as the EU’s free trade pact with the US, which came into force on 1 March, kicks in, although they did not specify what that would entail.
But they stressed that they were ready to consider the possibility of new trade deals with countries outside the bloc, with the goal of reducing trade barriers and encouraging the UK and other member states to work together.
The EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said it was vital that trade agreements and cooperation were based on “common rules, clear procedures and transparent procedures”.
But she also warned that the EU could face a backlash from its members if they do not adopt the common rules.
“There is no doubt that this decision, taken without any consultation, could trigger the negative reaction of our European neighbours and we cannot let that happen,” she said.EU governments and the UK government have repeatedly said that leaving the bloc without a new deal would be an extremely costly and difficult decision.EU countries want the UK – the largest trading partner in the bloc – to take a new trade deal with the United States.
Britain is one of the world’s biggest trading partners with the bloc and the country has agreed to the terms of a free trade deal.
But critics fear that the deal, which is based on a framework that has been in place for years, would not offer the EU any more protection than existing rules.