Campaigners start legal challenge to UK's $1bn grant to Mozambique gas project

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Friends of the Earth seeks judicial review, saying aid deal contradicts climate commitments

Environmentalists at Friends of the Earth will mount a legal challenge against the government’s decision to offer $1bn in financial support to a major fossil fuel project in Mozambique that they say is “incompatible” with the Paris climate agreement.

The green group will go to the high court this week to seek a judicial review into the government’s decision to use taxpayer money to “worsen the climate emergency” by helping to finance a $20bn gas project on the Mozambican coast.

Related: Boris Johnson poised to stop UK funding overseas fossil fuel projects

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