The UK government has, in the past, indicated
its interest in retaining access to the EU’s internal energy market, but is clear that this is up for negotiation, so the outcome still remains uncertain. Plans for an ‘association agreement’ on EURATOM surfaced briefly
but, as yet, remain unconfirmed by the government.
The government’s recent position paper on Northern Ireland and Ireland
explicitly highlights the importance of continuing the Integrated-Single Energy Market (I-SEM) and making sure energy trade within the island of Ireland and the wider UK continues without significant barriers. This is good news and potentially provides a template for wider co-operation between the UK and the EU on energy and climate issues. The prime minister's speech in Florence identified climate change as an area for co-operation with the EU, but, in contrast, the government’s partnership paper
on foreign policy failed to mention climate change
, despite calling for co-operation on defence and security, including energy security.
The UK continues to participate in and provide inputs to the ongoing EU negotiations on the Clean Energy Package, but recent inputs from the UK government to dilute proposed targets and legislation
on energy efficiency and the governance of the Energy Union are cause for concern. The EU needs to be more ambitious in its 2030 targets, and any efforts by the UK to undermine them will tarnish its position as a climate leader.