Ahead of David Cameron’s final negotiations on a deal with EU leaders, Greens have accused the Prime Minister of trying to push Europe in precisely the wrong direction. Greens have long championed reform but are calling for a different kind of Europe based on protection of rights, being a world-leader on environmental protection, regulating corporations and global finance, and being a positive force for peace and justice.
Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East, and Green Party speaker on animals, said:
“With his focus on red tape, red cards and emergency brakes, Cameron reveals he wants to stitch up a deal which will serve only the narrow interests of the UK’s right-wing. But the European Union is about working in partnership for the common good for our continent as a whole. The EU is a beacon to the rest of the world on standards of environmental protection, animal welfare and employment rights. These things are not bureaucratic hurdles challenging competitiveness – they help to create a level playing field for businesses and, crucially, a society founded on respect for its citizens and the environment.”
Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London and Green Party speaker on migration, said:
“Greens support reform but will not support moves to undermine the principle of equal treatment. We want to reduce inequalities within and between our countries – not only within the EU but globally – so that people have a decent standard of living within the planet’s limits.”
Greens have also criticised Mr Cameron for attempting to set different rules to the rest of the EU for the UKs financial industry. The Prime Minister has reportedly sought to enable the UK to ‘go solo’ on financial regulation . Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP for the South West and economics and finance speaker for the Green Party, said:
“I agree we need protection for non-Eurozone countries but this must not mean special privileged carve outs for the City on important EU financial regulation. Greens see the power exercised by multinational corporations and the finance sector as one of the main blocks to building a better Europe. In a globalized world where corporations operate across national boundaries and capital crosses borders freely we need international rules to keep financial interests in check and to ensure that companies pay their taxes so that we can fund public services.”