Saturday 16 January 2021 / 10:50 PM Emily Thornberry

Emily Thornberry responds to Boris Johnson’s announcement that he is ‘considering’ a UK import ban on soya grown on illegally-deforested land

Emily Thornberry, Labour’s Shadow International Trade Secretary, responding to Boris Johnson’s announcement that he is ‘considering’ a UK import ban on soya grown on illegally-deforested land, said:

 

“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.”

 

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Notes to Editors

 

According to the Sunday Telegraph, the Prime Minister is ‘considering’ imposing a UK import ban on soya and other products grown on illegally-deforested land in Brazil’s Amazon basin and other threatened forest regions of the world: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2021/01/16/boris-johnson-considers-uk-import-ban-soya-grown-illegally-deforested/

 

This proposed ‘due diligence’ law, which would oblige UK companies to ensure that the goods they are importing come from legally-forested land, was in fact the subject of a DEFRA consultation process between August and October, with the government subsequently announcing on November 11th that they would be bringing forward the relevant legislation in the upcoming Environment Bill: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-sets-out-world-leading-new-measures-to-protect-rainforests