Molly will join a ‘Brexit summit’ in Plymouth this Friday, which is being organised by the city’s Labour MP, Luke Pollard . The summit aims to explore how well prepared the city and its periphery are for the impacts of Brexit.
Molly along with fellow MEP, Labour’s Clare Moody, will present the ‘view from Europe’ and Molly will later appear on a panel looking at the Environment, Fishing and Farming.
The summit comes as a Brexit deal still appears elusive and in a week when one of Plymouth’s most prominent Unions, the GMB, has called for a ‘People’s Vote’ on any Brexit deal reached with the EU. Last week, Plymouth City Council became the first council in the UK to demand the government release any studies it has carried out into the impacts of Brexit on the city.
Molly will tell the summit:
“We should not accept Brexit at any cost. If leaving the EU isn’t best for Plymouth and best for Britain we have the right to change our minds.
“Plymouth City Council should be commended for challenging the government to release any analysis it has carried out into the impacts of Brexit on Plymouth’s communities and businesses.
“It is also hugely encouraging to see one of Plymouth’s principle unions, the GMB, throw its weight behind a People’s Vote. It is absolutely right to question whether Brexit is really in the interests of working people.
“Plymouth and its surrounding area depend hugely on the EU: the university thrives through its European students and research networks and its shared expertise in marine research; hospitals depend heavily on EU workers and the city’s peripheral economy benefits massively from EU regional funding.
“Given the strong connections that Plymouth has with Europe and the fact that support for Brexit is declining rapidly, Plymouth voters and voters across the country deserve a say on the final Brexit deal. This is what our democracy demands; we all need a vote on what Brexit means in reality, not promises that cannot be fulfilled.”
Ben Bradshaw, Labour MP for Exeter, will also attend the summit. He said:
“It is blindingly obvious that Mrs May’s Brexit plan is dead and there is no Commons majority for it or for no deal. The uncertainty and confusion has gone on for long enough. The Government should bow to the inevitable to acknowledge that this whole issue will need to be put back to the people for a final say.”
 Brexit: How Prepared is Plymouth and the far South West? The event will take place on Friday 7th September 10:00 – 15:30 at the Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth. See agenda.