The comments made by Anna McMorrin, the Shadow Minister for International Development, on 26 April 2021.
The risks with this project were clear from day one. The decision to invest was short-sighted, contradicted environmental, humanitarian and security warnings in the government’s own impact assessment, and has risked UK taxpayers money.
The Conservative Government have serious questions to answer over how much and what protections are in place around the public money already committed.
The government must use this indefinite pause wisely – instead of continuing to lock low-income and climate vulnerable countries into a new generation of fossil fuel reliance, the UK must seize the opportunity to fully withdraw support from the project, align with new fossil fuel policy, and invest in green and sustainable development and transition.