Responding to the letter by EU President Donald Tusk to members of the European Council on proposals for a new UK-EU settlement, Green MEP Molly Scott Cato said:
“Today the focus has been on red cards, emergency brakes and negotiating a special deal in the narrow interests of the UK. But in the European Parliament today we witnessed the EU at its best; working in partnership for the common good for our continent as a whole. While our government is happy for a fracking free-for-all and wants to push GMO technology down consumer’s throats, members of the European Parliament overwhelmingly called on member states not to approve any fracking operations and to apply the precautionary principle to any GMO approvals. It also voted to oppose any revision of the Bird’s and Habitats Directives.
“This has shown again that the European Union is a beacon to the rest of the world on standards of environmental protection, animal welfare and employment rights. These things are not red tape which challenge competitiveness but symbols of living in a civilised society. This is what makes me proud to be a European, and Greens will campaign whole-heartedly for the UK to remain a member of the European Union.”
Molly made a short speech to the European Parliament following proposals for a new UK-EU settlement. She says why she will be campaigning to remain a part of the EU.
Full draft from the European Council: Draft Decision of the Heads of State or Government, meeting within the European Council, concerning a New Settlement for the United Kingdom within the European Union