Green Party to campaign to stay in EU

The Green Party today, Saturday, 27 February 2016, confirmed that it will campaign to stay within the European Union.

Deputy leader Clare Bailey said today, Saturday, 27 February 2016.

“As part of the European Green Party movement, we recognise that we need to take a holistic view of the future.

“The EU institutions, while far from perfect, have given us many benefits such as defending workers’ rights, freedom of movement, protecting the environment and, of course, the European Human Rights Act.

“If we want to see changes, we need to be in the EU to achieve those changes.

“Europe has so much potential. We are being asked to vote in a referendum with a yes or no outcome, which is overly simplistic. It is not just about money and the myth that we will be financially better off if we left the EU.

“Yes, there is work to be done in terms of democratisation and reform, but the UK is considerably better off remaining a part of the European Union and reforming it from within, than walking away from it altogether.

“We want to present our case for a socially just and greener Europe.

ENDS

The following motion was passed at The Green Party’s conference today:

The Green Party agrees it is important that the public have their say on the issue of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union via referendum; appreciates that the EU institutions are far from perfect; but recognises that from legislation protecting the environment and workers rights to the freedom of movement, the UK is considerably better off remaining a part of the European Union and reforming it from within, than walking away from it altogether.

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