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 hard 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.

Green guarantees to be met before triggering Article 50 >>

NEW: Five Green Guarantees from UK’s Green MEPs [pdf download]

A new leaflet identifying five Green Guarantees that Green MEPs are fighting for to ensure social, economic and environmental justice post-Brexit.

 

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. This is why Molly is hosting meetings in towns and cities across the South West.

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

This government is led by a Prime Minister chosen only by her own Party, not the country. She is pushing a radical Brexit strategy – also not voted for – that is putting our jobs, rights and environmental protection at risk.

Furthermore, Theresa May is refusing to share with Parliament or the British people her Brexit plan, instead offering meaningless rhetoric like calls for a “red, white and blue Brexit”. The UK deserves better at a time of such huge upheaval.

And as discussions continue it becomes 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 has recently become 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, cannot 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.

We have put forward some key ‘Green guarantees’ that we think must be met before Article 50 is triggered.

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.

Help Molly hold this government to account and demand a clear Brexit plan and vote in Parliament by asking your MP, what’s the plan?

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.

For this reason, Molly fully supports a further referendum on the terms of the deal agreed between the UK and the EU, providing an opportunity for people to accept or reject this deal.

Green guarantees: What’s the plan?

Here is a list of guarantees that Greens believe must be met before we can support the triggering of Article 50:

  • A guarantee that the UK maintain as close a relationship as possible with our European neighbours;
  • A guarantee that the UK will defend its economic interests by remaining in the single market;
  • A guarantee that the rights of UK and EU citizens will be upheld, wherever in Europe they choose to live;
  • A guarantee that important environmental legislation such as the Birds and Habitats Directive and renewable energy targets will be retained or become even more ambitious post-Brexit;
  • A guarantee that the UK will not engage in a race to the bottom on tax rates, workers’ rights or consumer protections;
  • A guarantee that struggling UK regions, in particular Cornwall, will receive as much in funding as they currently do;
  • A guarantee that funding for scientific research and development be maintained at current levels or increased;
  • A guarantee that young people, who voted overwhelmingly to remain part of the EU, continue to enjoy freedom to travel, study and work across Europe and that they continue to enjoy access to EU-funded schemes such as Erasmus and student exchanges;
  • A guarantee that post-Brexit farming support will be targeted at shaping a healthy, economically-sustainable and environmentally-friendly agriculture sector;
  • A guarantee that the clamour for genuine democracy that the EU referendum unleashed will be honoured; we need an assurance that a fair and proportional voting system will be introduced so that every vote counts.
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