Green Party manifesto launch – we’ll secure a referendum on final Brexit deal

Thursday 25 May 2017

A referendum on the final Brexit deal between the UK and the EU is a key proposal of the manifesto of the Green Party for Northern Ireland, launched today (Thursday 25 May).

The pledge to secure a referendum following the negotiation period has been mooted by the Green Party since the turn of this year.

Green Party leader Steven Agnew said:

“Brexit remains a key issue for this election. The Green Party is proudly pro-European and part of a European wide Green movement.

“We need a referendum on the final deal because the full facts and true understanding of Brexit was unavailable when we all participated in the June 2016 vote.

“We did not know that Theresa May would pursue a hard Brexit, for example. And other critical Brexit details are yet to be decided – what will the border between Northern Ireland and the Rep. Of Ireland shape up as, what trade tariffs will be imposed and how will Brexit impact the lives of our young people?

“The option to remain in the European Union must be left on the table. This would strengthen the hand of the UK negotiating team as well as allowing us to make an informed decision once the full facts on Brexit are available.

Steven Agnew added:

“This Green Party manifesto is about more than just Brexit, however. It’s about putting people first, so alongside European matters, we’re prioritising our public services and equality for all our citizens.

 “A future Tory government will mean further underinvestment in our public services. Our schools and hospitals cannot cope with further financial strangulation. Accordingly, the Green Party would introduce a 2% tax increase on the top 1% earners.

 “This measure will, in part, provide the £10bn short term increase in spending required by the NHS.

 “We’re also committed to putting people first by ensuring that equality for all citizens is pursued through Westminster. Progress on issues including marriage equality and reproductive rights has stalled along with our devolved institutions.

“Green Party MPs will work in Westminster to progress the issues that the two largest parties have failed to address through the Assembly.

 “We also have workers’ rights threatened by our anticipated withdrawal from the EU. We all enjoy rights around maternity and paternity leave and holiday pay thanks to EU provisions. We will work in Westminster to advance and protect these important rights.

 The North Down MLA concluded:

 “We are standing seven candidates, our strongest ever Green Party Westminister line up. I want to see green politicians on the green benches at Westminster.



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