Chief Minister HQ expects the Paris Climate Agreement to be extended to the Isle of Man in time for the Glasgow Climate Summit in November.

Mr Quayle was asked by Garff MHK Daphne Caine what plans he had to extend the agreement to include the island.

He said: ‘I am pleased to be able to inform you that the climate change transformation team and the external relations team in Cabinet Office are currently working with the Department of Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy in the UK to fully explore the implications of extending the Paris Agreement with the hope of being able to extend the agreement to the Isle of Man this year.

‘When the implications are fully understood we will then need to formally approve the extension and then go through a process with the UK to formalise that extension. Our work with the UK to date has been very positive and collaborative. I very much hope that subject to the appropriate process and approvals being followed, the extension will be completed this year.

‘Having the Paris Agreement extended to the Isle of Man will clearly signal to the international community our commitment to tackle climate change and build on the progress of the last two years.’

Mrs Caine welcomed the news of extending the agreement, but asked why the island hasn’t extended the agreement before now and whether HQ feels it would be possible for the island to be represented at the Glasgow conference.

However The Chief said the island can’t ratify agreements itself due to our status as a crown dependency, so we can only seek agreement to have treaties extended to ourselves. He added: ‘A bit like the Commonwealth, we can go to some of the meetings but we can’t go to the big one with Her Majesty because we’re not sovereign in our own right.’

The COP26 UN summit will now take place between 1 and 12 November 2021.

It was originally supposed to take place in November 2020. However, it had to be postponed due to the pandemic.

Dozens of world leaders will attend the gathering, the most important round of talks since the global Paris Agreement to tackle climate change was secured in 2015.