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:

Brexit Resolution

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.

Tax

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.

Air pollution:

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.

Food and farming

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.

News

Green MEP welcomes Gove pledge on 'Green Brexit' but says Environment Secretary still in 'special measures' - 21 July 2017

MEP calls on South West Labour MPs to back referendum on Brexit deal - 20 July 2017

Listen to Labour members on Single Market and second referendum, Green MEP urges Jeremy Corbyn - 18 July 2017

Ideological obsession with ‘extreme Brexit’ means Government turning a blind eye towards needs of food and farming sector, says MEP - 17 July 2017

Molly slams Tories and Labour for using Brexit ‘as a weapon to fight internal battles’ - 17 July 2017

Articles

The single issue dominating Brexit discussions - 15 July 2017

Brexit is not a good time to be a British bee - 4 July 2017

This election is a step on the road to an Orwellian, post-Brexit future - 27 April 2017

We need the government to be straight about what a Hard Brexit really means - 26 April 2017

Brexit Britain should beware the trade policies of Justin Trudeau - 16 February 2017

Reports

Brexit and Trade: Moving from Globalisation to Self-Reliance - 28 March 2017

Ploughing a Lone Furrow: Farming Policy Post Brexit - 20 February 2017

Letters

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.

For this reason, Molly fully supports a ‘ratification 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 Molly has been working to secure as we negotiate a deal with the EU:

  • 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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