What is Molly’s view on Brexit?
Molly remains proudly pro-EU. As an MEP and Green Party speaker on EU relations, she is doing everything she can to make sure we keep the closest possible relationship with our European neighbours. She is working to defend the rights of all people wherever in the EU they live and to push for a clear plan that guarantees social, economic and environmental justice.
Molly has insisted that a set of guarantees are met as part of the Brexit process.
Together with her colleagues, Keith Taylor and Jean Lamert, she has also produced Five Green Guarantees [pdf download]
Here are some highlights of what Molly has been working on in the Parliament since June 2015:
At the end of the negotiation process the European Parliament will get a vote on the final deal which will be determined by a simple majority. In April this year, the European Parliament laid out its red lines on Brexit with a Resolution on negotiations with the United Kingdom. A priority for the Greens/EFA group has been to prioritise the rights of citizens, be they UK citizens living abroad in other EU countries, or other EU nationals living in the UK.
Citizens’ rights and freedom of movement
As well as safeguarding all EU citizens and their families, Molly also supports freedom of movement as a reciprocal right, and recently wrote to David Davis, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, urging him to release reports that detail the impact of a hard Brexit.
Molly shares the concerns of many that the UK may attempt to drastically lower tax rates for large corporations once the UK has left the EU. As a Member of the Panama Papers Committee, Molly has been working with her fellow MEPs to create fairer tax rules such as an EU register of beneficial owners of companies, a tax havens blacklist and a common consolidated corporate tax base (CCCTB) .
As a result, Molly has been holding corporations and the British government to account on tax avoidance, and is advocating for a fair and transparent tax system post-Brexit.
The UK faces a serious health crisis with air pollution in many cities exceeding EU legal limits. Molly and her British Green colleagues have written to Secretary Of State for Defra, Andrea Leadsom, asking the government why it has failed to improve air quality levels and to adhere to EU law. They have also written to Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella calling for the EU to take action against the Government.
Brexit will affect the UK’s farming industry, as around 65% of our agricultural exports go to the EU and British farmers receive around 55% of their income from EU subsidies. If the UK leaves the single market and does not provide adequate support for farmers post-Brexit, this could greatly damage the British farming sector.
Molly recently commissioned two reports on agriculture post-Brexit which propose ideas on how we can ensure that our small farmers and rural communities are well supported when we leave the EU.
Brexit Britain should beware the trade policies of Justin Trudeau - 16 February 2017
Soft Brexit-hard Brexit: where should green business stand? - 14 September 2016
Brexit and Trade: Moving from Globalisation to Self-Reliance - 28 March 2017
Ploughing a Lone Furrow: Farming Policy Post Brexit - 20 February 2017
Studies conducted by HMG on the impact of Brexit - 12 April 2017
Green MEPs unite to condemn sabre-rattling over Gibraltar - 5 April 2017
Let’s ensure Brexit is a participatory process - 12 July 2016
What is Molly’s plan following the vote to leave the EU?
1. Work to heal divided communities
The referendum campaign has left painful divisions which need to be healed. This will involve an acknowledgement from Leave voters that the EU is not the cause of all their problems. Job insecurity, our housing crisis, a crumbling NHS and massive cuts to public services are the result of years of austerity and government policy, not our membership of the EU.
Equally, Remain voters must accept that the EU is far from perfect and needs radical reform to be truly democratic and representative. Greens have always believed another Europe is possible and have long campaigned for reform of the EU’s institutions.
What must surely unite both Leave and Remain campaigners is the desire to fix our broken democracy. Join Molly in helping to unite divided communities by defending the rights of UK and EU citizens across the EU and fight for a fair voting system so that every vote counts.
2. Work to hold this government to account
Theresa May is pushing for an extreme form of Brexit. Removing us from the single market and threatening a ‘bonfire of regulations’ will put hundred’s of thousands of jobs at risk, threaten workers’ and consumers rights and tear up environmental protections.
It also become clear that much of what was promised by the Leave side simply cannot be made real, as is being well documented by Vote Leave Watch. Molly is a patron of this cross-party campaign which aims to hold the Vote Leave campaign to account for the claims made during the referendum campaign.
With all this in mind, Molly, like Green MP Caroline Lucas, refused to support the triggering of Article 50 – the formal process for the UK to leave the EU – without specific guarantees and a clear plan of what a post-Brexit Britain will look like.
Without these guarantees, Brexit risks turning the UK into a meaner, less tolerant, and poorer country; a country where our environmental standards and rights as workers and consumers are sacrificed on the altar of trade deals and competition. It will also leave communities that strongly supported leaving the EU economically worse off and with less social and environmental protection.
3. Work to ensure we can have a say over our shared future
The Brexit process has to be inclusive and enable people to have a real say over their own future.
Once the government has managed to negotiate a deal with our European neighbours, we owe it to millions of people to offer them a say on their own destiny.
Green guarantees: What’s the plan?
Here is a list of guarantees that Molly has been working to secure as we negotiate a deal with the EU: