Statement from Molly following announcement of EU referendum

Responding to news that the EU referendum will be held on 23rd June, Molly, who is Green Party speaker on economy and finance, said:

“Greens want Britain to remain a part of the EU because we believe that we need to work together on shared solutions to the collective challenges we face. Climate change, the pollution of our oceans, terrorism and the refugee crisis shows no respect for borders and require collaborative and cooperative solutions.

“So far the vital question of whether our future lies in Europe seems to have been debated mainly by middle-aged men in suits – a dull prelude ahead of the main feature in which we now all get a starring role and everyone gets an equal say.

“We all know that The EU is not perfect. But we need to stay in it to reform it. The referendum is a chance to have a conversation about how another Europe is possible. Let’s talk about how corporate influence and the power of global finance can be curtailed and the institutions of the EU can be made more democratic and accountable to the citizens of Europe. It’s a unique opportunity to re-establish a Europe by the people and for the people.

“I share the concerns of those who believe the European project has been running ahead of what the people of the UK and Europe as a whole are comfortable with. However, I still believe the European story should be celebrated; countries with different histories and cultures, benefitting from unprecedented peace and stability and working together for the common good.”