Responding to the European Parliament resolution on the framework for a future EU-UK relationship which was debated today and will be voted on tomorrow, Wednesday, Molly, who is Green Party speaker on Brexit, said:

“In the absence of any clear commitments by the UK government to guarantee citizen’s rights, safeguard environmental protections or do what’s best to protect British jobs post-Brexit, we can at least give a huge collective sigh of relief that the European Parliament is standing up for social and environmental justice.

“This resolution makes clear that the EU will only support a framework for the future EU-UK relationship where there is a guaranteed level-playing field on issues such as workers’ rights, consumer protection, public health, animal welfare, the fight against tax evasion and avoidance and data protection and privacy.

“I am delighted Greens have managed to secure paragraphs in the resolution on the environment, climate change, food safety, taxation and anti-money laundering [2].

“There is also a clear rejection of the UK’s policy paper on citizens’ rights, which would create a difference between EU citizens who arrive in the UK before and after the transition period. Instead, the resolution calls for equal treatment for all. Furthermore, the text extends the protection of citizens’ rights to future spouses and disabled people and their carers from expulsion.”  

Speaking in the European Parliament during today’s debate, Molly said:

“It is the European side that is active in protecting citizens’ rights and environmental standards, while the Tories are using Brexit to ride roughshod over them. Brexit is a clear example of ideology triumphing over reason and, as such, the epitome of bad government.


[1] Clauses 45 & 46, highlighted in yellow in resolution