UK Net Zero Review Caught in Fracking Row

The future of an independent review of the UK government’s approach to reaching net zero was thrown into doubt after around 40 Conservative MPs rebelled on a fracking vote, including the member appointed to carry it out. Chris Skidmore, a former energy minister, said he could not vote with the government, even though it had warned the whip would be withdrawn, meaning rebels would have to sit as independents in future. The threat to eject MPs appeared to be withdrawn by the government when their number became clear. Skidmore, who later tweeted to suggest he was continuing his research, was appointed in September to conduct a three-month review, which would focus on “assessing which pathway to net-zero will bear the greatest economic benefits”. The review’s call for evidence from businesses and organisations is scheduled to close on 27 October.


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