Emily Thornberry – 2021 Comments on UK Import Ban on Soya

The comments made by Emily Thornberry, the Shadow International Trade Secretary, on 16 January 2021.

Boris Johnson clearly has so little new to say on the environment and climate change – even in the vital year that the UK is chairing COP26 – that he’s reduced to telling the media that he’s ‘considering’ an import ban which the government consulted on back in August, and announced it was implementing ten weeks ago.

If he is actually serious about what is happening in countries like Brazil, he would take action against all damaging destruction of rainforest and woodland, not just deforestation deemed illegal by local laws, and he would extend the proposed due diligence law to protect the human rights of indigenous peoples, as well as their homelands.