The British Minister for Enterprise, Alok Sharma, He opted this Monday to build “a cleaner and greener economy”, which allows meeting the official goal of a net zero of emissions by 2050, as a way to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
The also president of the UN Conference on Climate ChangeClimate change (COP26), to be held in 2021 in the Scottish city of Glasgow, defended the potential of the renewable energy sector, particularly wind power, in an intervention before the annual congress of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI, for its acronym in English), celebrated this year online.
Sharma replaced the Prime Minister at the last minute, the Conservative Boris Johnson, focused, he explained, “on the management of the pandemic”, although the head of the Government is expected to address a few words to businessmen before his annual meeting ends on Wednesday.
In his speech, the Minister of Enterprise, Energy and Industrial Strategy also urged the business sector “to prepare for the future business relationship with European Union (EU) “, take whatever form it forms, at the end of the transition period, which ends on December 31.
“Whether we trade on the same terms as Canada or Australia (under the general rules of the World Trade Organization, WTO), Brexit has always been about having a better future and having the opportunity to chart our own course” he declared.
Sharma appeared at an atmosphere of disappointment and pessimism among businessmen for the imposition from this Thursday until December 2 of a new confinement in England, which will force the closure of non-essential businesses and remote work as far as possible.
Opening the congress, the outgoing director general of the CBI, Carolyn Fairbairn, questioned the prohibition, for example, of the sale of alcohol to go, which would allow “pubs” to maintain part of their activity.
Fairbairn, who will be replaced by businessman Tony Danker, also reproached the Government for its poor communication and regretted that the new restrictions often have to be known due to leaks in the press.
“This has to improve a lot,” said the executive, who urged the prime minister to “strengthen his relationship” with companies and proposed the creation of a National Commission for Economic Recovery, with businessmen, government and key sectors such as education, to agree on a way out of the recession.
Fairbairn also broadcast the business nervousness over the imminent separation from the EU and he maintained that “it would be inconceivable” for the United Kingdom to leave the bloc without an agreement, despite the fact that at the moment there are no significant advances in bilateral negotiations.
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