Tuesday 9th of August 2022

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London: Prince Charles has used a rare foray into domestic politics to urge Prime Minister Scott Morrison to attend the Glasgow climate summit, warning the talks are a “last chance saloon” to avoid global “catastrophe”.

The heir-to-the-throne also backed teen activist Greta Thunberg and other protesters, saying he sympathises with their frustration that politicians “just talk” about global warming instead of doing something about it.

Interviewed by the BBC at the royal family’s estate in Balmoral, the Prince of Wales said it would be a “disaster” if next month’s COP26 summit in Glasgow collapsed, and appeared taken aback when told Morrison still did not know whether he would go.

“I mean it’ll be catastrophic,” Charles said of potential failure. “It is already beginning to be catastrophic because nothing in nature can survive the stress that is created by these extremes of weather.”


Morrison has not decided whether to fly to Glasgow but is negotiating with cabinet and backbench MPs over a new formal policy of net-zero emissions by 2050. He is also under pressure to lift Australia’s existing goal of cutting pollution by 26 to 28 per cent by 2030.

Told the Prime Minister was concerned about quarantining for another two weeks upon return to Australia if he attended the COP26 summit, Charles stopped walking, looked at the interviewer and replied: “Is that what he says, is it?”

Asked what he would say to world leaders about the importance of coming to Glasgow, Charles said: “That’s what I’m trying to say all the time ... that this is a last chance saloon – literally. Because if we don’t really take the decisions that are vital now it’s going to be impossible to catch up.”

Charles said he “couldn’t possibly comment” when asked whether the UK government was doing enough. The UK has a goal of reducing emissions by 68 per cent by 2030 and a legislated net zero by 2050 target.


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Update: It has since been confirmed Pope Francis will not attend Glasgow for COP26

WORLD leaders including Pope Francis and U.S President Joe Biden will stay in Edinburgh during COP26 amid fears their security could be at risk in slow traffic - with delays expected on the M8 for normal motorists.

The Queen will also stay in Edinburgh at Holyrood Palace for the climate summit, taking place in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12.

The M8 is already one of the busiest motorways in the UK, and VIPs will be escorted off the motorway at a dedicated junction joining the Clyde Expressway which is reserved for COP26 traffic.


Police Scotland is understood to have been informed of planned protests near junction 19, at Anderston.

Transport sources said drivers faced delays of up to 30 minutes on the M8 in Glasgow on November 1 and 2 if world leaders and their international delegations travelled via the motorway to reach the summit.

A source told the Scotsman: "This may include around roadworks at the Woodside viaduct, between junctions 16 and 17, where the four lanes are reduced to two.


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“There are security concerns about having to move VIPs through slow-moving traffic.”

Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins said: "Delivering such a complex event as COP26 means that some security road closures and restrictions may be needed in other areas of the country to facilitate the safety and security of world leaders, heads of state, delegates and local residents.

“We will work with partners to minimise local disruption and communicate in advance any road closures or diversions that are put in place, to allow for people to forward plan their own journeys."

More than 100 heads of state are expected to attend the conference along with representatives from around 200 countries.

Fresh details of security arrangements in place around the SEC in Glasgow follow the re-launch of Project Servator, a long-running Police Scotland anti-crime and anti-terror scheme, that will see front-line officers supported by specialist resources, including police dogs and horses, armed units, CCTV operators and security staff.


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