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Former Brexit minister Lord Frost warns Britain could end up RATIONING energy under current plans

Former Brexit minister Lord Frost warns Britain could end up RATIONING energy under current plans

Boris Johnson’s former Brexit chief has warned Britons could face energy rationing under the government’s current plans to hit zero by 2050.

Lord Frost cracked down on the Prime Minister’s energy security strategy, published last week, which put offshore wind and nuclear power at the heart of UK energy policy.

The former cabinet minister, who oversaw Brexit negotiations with the EU, warned the document failed to take into account how homes and businesses would be supplied “if the wind doesn’t blow”.

Ministers drafted the new energy strategy in response to the cost of living crisis and Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, with the prime minister in charge of efforts to cut off Western countries from Russia’s oil and gas resources .

Johnson resisted pressure from Conservative MPs to use the energy document to order a resumption of fracking in the UK to extract shale gas – although ministers have called for a scientific assessment of a 2019 ban.

Former Brexit minister Lord Frost said prime minister's plans failed to consider how homes and businesses would be powered 'if the wind doesn't blow'

Former Brexit minister Lord Frost said prime minister’s plans failed to consider how homes and businesses would be powered ‘if the wind doesn’t blow’

Lord Frost, who was one of the Tories calling for the return of fracking, said he was “not massively convinced” that energy security strategy is “really changing a lot”.

“I don’t think it solves the problem that it’s all very good to build a lot of wind energy, but it needs a backup of other energy in case the wind isn’t blowing,” he told LBC Radio.

‘I didn’t really see that problem covered in the security newspaper.

‘My concern is that the government has a plan that does not involve itself in the trade-offs.

‘It will not be possible to deliver net-zero on the timetable they want, and then we will have rationing and behavioral change.

“I think that will be an extremely bad outcome. I don’t think the British people will take it.’

The Energy Security Strategy, published last week, placed wind and nuclear power at the heart of UK energy policy

The Energy Security Strategy, published last week, placed wind and nuclear power at the heart of UK energy policy

Prime Minister drafted the new energy strategy in response to the cost of living crisis and Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine

Prime Minister drafted the new energy strategy in response to the cost of living crisis and Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine

Britons infamously suffered for their energy rationing in the early 1970s when Ted Heath’s Conservative government introduced a three-day week to conserve electricity during a miners’ strike and a global oil crisis.

Pressed on his prediction that energy rationing for Britons could return under current plans, Lord Frost added: ‘I think if we don’t have the right amount of power on the grid at some point in the next 10 years, that of course will of the things that can happen.

‘I noticed that last week the government said in this magazine that it would nationalize the network operators, so that the government has control over things it has no control over now.

“I think it’s very important that we don’t go down that road.

‘I am really concerned that our current policy of not investing in safe, reliable power, ie gas, for the next ten years will put us in that situation.

“And I don’t think last week’s paper reassured me that we have a handle on that.”

Ministers recently rejected suggestions they should plan for energy rationing due to rising global oil and gas prices.

Shadow Labor Minister Jonathan Reynolds claimed earlier this month that Britain should “make those plans” and that the government should “prepare, not necessarily publicly, for that situation.”

However, he came back almost immediately, later saying that rationing would be a “disaster for households and for businesses.”

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