The UK Government has accepted it has powers to stop the disputed Cambo oil development “in the public interest” after a legal challenge by campaigners. The government’s legal department said that the business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, could “give directions” to the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), which is currently considering whether or not to give Cambo the go-ahead. Previous government statements distanced Kwarteng from the decision, suggesting he was “not involved” and could not intervene. When asked about Cambo, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnston, said “we can’t just tear up contracts”. But this position was challenged by two campaign groups, Friends of the Earth Scotland and Uplift. They threatened legal action, arguing that government statements were based on “errors of law”.
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