The ban on selling new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 “will remain in place”, a minister has said despite reports it could be scrapped.
Speaking during a round of interviews with broadcasters, Foreign Office minister Andrew Mitchell initially stopped short of committing to maintaining the ban, saying people should “wait for any announcement” and that he could not “prophesise for the future”.
But after a series of questions on the issue, he said the 2030 ban remains in place “and will remain in place”.
Some Tory MPs have called for a “rethink” over the speed at which net-zero goals are pursued, citing tensions with addressing the cost of living.
But Mr Mitchell said “you can do both”, and also described the wildfires on the Greek island of Rhodes as “undoubtedly a wake-up call” on climate change.
Rishi Sunak is said to be considering delaying or ditching climate change-tackling measures that could impose costs on consumers.
One of the options on the table is an exemption for smaller car manufacturers — dubbed an “Aston Martin exemption” — on the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel cars, according to The Times.