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Northwest MEP calls for Clegg to stand up for the UK car industry
12:30pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
A NORTH West MEP has demanded that Nick Clegg stands up to David Cameron for the sake of the UK car industry.
Lib Dem MEP and environment spokesman Chris Davies reacted to news that the UK sided with Germany, in Brussels, to delay formal approval of a deal that would make cars more fuel efficient by 2020.
EU governments were due to rubber stamp a deal bringing the current emissions limit of 130g CO2 per km by 2015, down to 95g by 2020.
Most car manufacturers in the UK are well on track to meet the new requirements, but Germany is trying to protect its manufacturers who traditionally make much larger, heavier, and more polluting cars.
Mr Davies said: “This is legislation that would require cars to do more miles to the gallon, and it is good for the environment, good for drivers, and good for the UK car industry.
“Thousands of jobs across the North West, and the UK, would be safer if this legislation went through, and David Cameron is, instead, siding with a cosy deal with Germany to protect some of their most profitable firms.
“It is time that Mr Clegg stood up to Mr Cameron and said enough is enough.
“Mr Cameron’s home constituency of Witney may not be home to a lot of manufacturing industry, but northern England depends on these jobs. Damage to the UK car industry is too high a price to pay for Mr Cameron to have good relations with Chancellor Merkel.”
The decision has now been passed to a meeting of EU environment Ministers on October 14.
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