Now not ‘possible’ for King to attend Cop27, says Downing Road

Now not ‘possible’ for King to attend Cop27, says Downing Road


he King might have been in a position to attend the Cop27 local weather change summit if Rishi Sunak had been put in in Downing Road earlier, No 10 has stated.

A Downing Road spokeswoman stated that it was not now “logistically possible” for Charles to affix subsequent week’s worldwide gathering at Egypt’s Crimson Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh.

Nevertheless the spokeswoman stated the scenario might have been completely different if Mr Sunak, who solely took workplace final week following the dramatic resignation of Liz Truss, had gained the premiership sooner.

“We do recognise that had the Prime Minister been in submit earlier, the scenario may need been completely different however it’s not logistically possible at this late stage,” the spokeswoman stated.

“There stays unanimous settlement between the Palace and the Authorities that the King is not going to attend.”

The disclosure will probably be seen as the most recent try by Mr Sunak to distance himself from the tenure of his predecessor.

It was broadly reported that the King, who takes a passionate curiosity in environmental affairs and who addressed final yr’s Cop26 summit in Glasgow, had hoped to attend in individual.

Nevertheless it’s understood that after searching for the recommendation of Ms Truss, the then prime minister, as is customary with royal visits abroad, it was agreed that he wouldn’t go.

Mr Sunak solely introduced on Wednesday that he could be touring to Egypt, having beforehand stated that he was staying in London to give attention to the autumn assertion with Chancellor Jeremy Hunt.

The U-turn adopted intense criticism from environmentalists and from inside the Conservative Social gathering, together with from Cop26 President Alok Sharma.

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