Fascinated by gvt response to tonight's @skynews story

DIT spokesman: "This is not Government policy, and is not being considered by ministers."

Yet..... look closely: they noticeably woudn't say the reverse - that they *will* put environmental goals before the economy
2/ In essence the government is *again* simply trying to call the story fake news rather than engage in the substance

Ministers are reluctant to talk about specific trade offs in trade deals, and just pretend they aren't happening.

They *could* chose to justify their approach.
3/ The thing about this leak

is that the approach it recommends has many supporters.

But secrecy is supreme in trade deals. We still don't know what's in the Australia trade deal. And HMG doesn't like to talk about them.

So leaks become important
4/ Former trade sec Liz Truss called previous @skynews story about climate targets dropped from the Australia trade deal fake news politico.eu/article/uk-tra…
because references to Paris in the UK-Aus deal remain (as we reported).

But *why* Oz wanted targets dropped legitimate q

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