Green MEP to meet EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier

Molly will today, Thursday, join leading figures from opposition parties to meet Michel Barnier in Brussels. They will press the case to resolve Brexit through a People’s Vote and to say the UK must remain within the Single Market and the Customs Union.

Molly, representing the Green Party, will be joined by Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats; Ian Blackford, Westminster Leader of the SNP; and Liz Saville Roberts, Westminster Leader of Plaid Cymru. All the Parties have said they support the public having a vote on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, with an option of remaining in the EU.  

Last weekend saw hundreds of thousands of people march in London for the People’s Vote and polling shows the option is increasingly the preferred choice across the UK. 

The group will open a cross-party line of communication with the European Commission, so that officials are aware of Parliamentary progress made on securing the People’s Vote, while continuing to make the case for the UK to stay within the Single Market and the Customs Union.

Molly said: 

“There is now Parliamentary paralysis on Brexit. The Chequers plan is dead, but neither is there support for alternative versions of Brexit being driven by a Brexit syndicate of far-right think tanks. 

“It is clear the only way out of this deadlock is to hand the process back to the people. Last weekend around 700,000 people marched in support of the People’s Vote; more than the combined membership of the Tories and Labour. The momentum behind this idea can no longer be ignored by the main Parties; it now looks unstoppable.

“It is vital that Michel Barnier and the European Commission understand there is a growing counter view in Parliament; one which has the support of MPs from all Parties and which offers the UK and EU a way out of this damaging shambles.”