Caroline Lucas (MP for Brighton Pavilion)
“People in Britain are angry – and they’ve expressed that anger today by voting to leave the EU. The most important task at hand now is unifying our divided communities. Our party will now mobilise alongside the Trade Unions, environmental groups and others to defend our hard-won rights at work and environmental protection. If this referendum has shown one thing to be clear it is that the old political party system is not representing people’s views. Politics in the UK is synthetically bound to the Tories and Labour – that’s clearly failing. We’re calling on all sides to come together to fix our democracy here in Britain – starting with electoral reform for the House of Commons. The democratic deficit will not be fixed by leaving the EU – we need to look closer to home, too.
What worries us now is the fate of the many Europeans living here. The Leave campaign said they will be able to stay – and we expect them to honor that. But what about people who have made plans to come here to join family, or British people who have saved up for a lifetime to move to Spain? The prospect of shutting down the right to free movement is frightening, as are the consequences of a campaign that has at times pitted neighbors against one another, whipped up fear and allowed lies and myths to take the place of truth. Britain deserves better and I am pledging anew to fight against division on behalf of my constituents.”
Natalie Bennett (Party Leader)
“We cannot hide our disappointment at this result having campaigned strongly for a vote to Remain. But, we have to listen to the expressed view of the British people. We must now turn our attention to the task at hand: unifying our divided communities after an extraordinarily bitter period in British politics.
The level of alienation against our mainstream politics is evident in this vote. The public have today rejected the views of the parties represented by 98% of our MPs in Westminster.
There is a very clear division in the results, with very different votes in different parts of Britain. We need to listen to the generally more economically disadvantaged communities who have voted to leave, and take real action to improve their conditions as soon as possible.
And with our sister party in Scotland launching a petition for a reconsideration of Scotland's relationship with the EU, we need to acknowledge that the vote there was very different to that in England and Wales."
Patrick Harvie (MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens)
"It’s devastating to see that the deceitful, manipulative and at times downright racist Brexit campaign has succeeded south of the border, and looks set to tear up the many benefits of EU membership and play fast and loose with our economic future. The Leave campaign claimed to be defending democracy, but they now propose to remove the rights of EU citizenship from Scotland regardless of the way people living here voted.
Scotland must keep open every option for protecting ourselves from this threat. The Scottish Parliament and Government must be represented in the negotiations about what comes next. A cross-party plan of action should be sought, so we can defend our rights as EU citizens.
Over recent weeks we’ve watched as the referendum debate has shown us a country and a political culture we simply don’t recognise as our own. Whether people voted Yes or No to independence in 2014, many watching the events of recent weeks will have concluded that we simply cannot be dragged along with this.
Over the years the UK’s broken economic system, which serves the interests of the wealthiest at everyone else’s expense, has created feelings of political alienation for a great many people. But we cannot allow that justified anger and resentment be turned against those least to blame, providing fertile ground for xenophobic and far right politics.
The Green Parties throughout these islands – and across Europe – will recommit ourselves to giving people an alternative, and the chance to join an outward looking, internationalist political movement that brings people together instead of dividing them, and which works for the common good."
Steven Agnew (Party Leader)
“The Green Party were in favour of staying in the EU and I am devastated at the result. Despite Northern Ireland voting Remain, we are being dragged towards the unknown by England. The consequences of leaving will be severe for Northern Ireland, never mind the rest of the UK. The Leave campaign promised that that money saved would be directed, for example, to the health service. The DUP, which has helped lead us into this mess, now needs to stand up and ensure that Northern Ireland receives its fair share of the alleged savings. Local businesses and the environment will suffer and the Green Party will work to ensure the DUP is held to account.
Already there are reports that the Leave campaign has spun lies and mistruths over immigration and NHS spending. This is disgraceful. I now worry about border controls, human rights and how we will treat immigrants, who contribute to our economy in so many ways. This is a sad day."
Eamon Ryan (MP, Party Leader)
"It is a huge blow to the European Union that the UK has voted to leave. We have to respect their decision, and manage the consequences for Ireland as best as we can. The Irish Government have a key role to play in the upcoming negotiations. We must minimise any damage in our own excellent relationship with the UK and ensure that our peace process and our border counties are not now undermined by the introduction of new border controls.
The immediate consequences should be very limited so it makes sense for the EU to allow time to reflect on the UK decision, rather than rushing into immediate action. We urge the Taoiseach to call for caution in the European Council. It is essential, for Ireland more than anyone, that Europe and the UK get the complex arrangements required to negotiate a Brexit right. We must ensure that the divide between the UK and Europe does not widen further and that the rest of the Union holds strong.
Today we remain committed Europeans. It is only by sharing sovereignty that we can tackle the biggest issues facing our society. Yesterday's vote is a challenge for every pro-European to consider how we can restore faith in our Union. We can draw some comfort from the fact that the younger generations in the UK voted overwhelmingly to stay in. We must give that generation hope by persevering with the Europe they voted for: a Europe of progressive and inclusive social values.
The Green Party will join a conference call of Green leaders from across Europe this afternoon to discuss our common approach to Brexit.”
“We believe that Europe is the right answer to the challenges of our time. The withdrawal of Britain is a historic setback […] The British referendum is also a signal to Europe: "business as usual" is not enough. The EU has not been able to find joint solutions to many common problems: there has been no coherent response to the refugee crisis at our borders, nor to the economic and social consequences of the financial crisis or to fight against global warming […] The EU faces major challenges. Populist forces are winning in many countries and want to bring back national particularism. Europe can defy populists only if it gives an answer to the social concerns and fears of its citizens. We Greens are convinced that only together can we solve global challenges in the future. The idea that problems can be solved by withdrawing from the EU is an illusion. We stand firmly for the project of European integration and we want to fight for a better Europe.”
Simone Peter (Co-Chair)
"Vote of the British hit us deeply. Sad day for Europe, black day for Britain"
“Now there must be fair negotiations, but no special treatment for the UK”
"We need a new start for a better Europe. Democratic. Social. Ecological"
"The future is in Europe, not in nationalism. Now we must focus especially on social problems in the EU”
Alexander Van der Bellen (President of Austria)
"Europe must respect the decision of the majority of the British people. The result has to be understood by us Europeans as an alarm call. The EU is now facing its biggest test since the integration of Eastern and Central European States. The decision for a withdrawal from the EU is a tragedy for the United Kingdom, cohesion in the UK is on the brink.
Most importantly, we should now reflect on what brings Europe together. Europe was built on the ruins of nationalism and has become in the last 70 years an area of peace, freedom and prosperity. We must now continue to build on the basis of this project.
Europe is more than treaties, more than bureaucracy and summit meetings. Europe is our common historical performance to overcome national, political and cultural boundaries and to build a common future. Europe is what we all are.
Only a common, reformed Europe can be successful in the long term, affirming itself as the largest peacekeeping force in the world."
Zakia Khattabi and Patrick Dupriez (Co-Chairs)
“Today more than ever, we need to 'reset' the EU. To relaunch the European project, making it capable of producing a desirable future and credible solutions for the crucial – but endangered – European value of solidarity. We call on all members of the European Union to find solutions the ongoing economic uncertainty and the growing feeling of insecurity, to return power to citizens, to implement the green transition of our economies, worthily respond to calls for help from people fleeing war and misery. In short, we need to adopt solutions radically opposite to those advocated by David Cameron and Boris Johnson: fewer social rights, sealed borders, competitiveness through deregulation and limits on solidarity.”
Meyrem Almaci (Co-President) and Bart Staes (Greens/EFA MEP)
“At a time when cooperation is crucial, Britain remains divided. Today, more than ever, we need a radically different Europe. We need to use the outcome of the referendum as a springboard for another Europe. A Europe that is concerned about people's problems and that is able once again to conquer the hearts of Europeans. We can put a stop to division and distrust in Europe through reform oriented to the people.”
Meyrem Almaci (Co-President)
“The result shows that the EU cannot rely on a "business us usual" scenario. We are safer and stronger when we work together in Europe. Now we have to strengthen our cooperation. The reform agenda must address the major challenges of unemployment, climate change, refugees and international terrorism. We need a Europe which does not implement austerity but that invests more […] European leaders think from their narrow national interest perspective and not from the perspective of an inclusive public interest. This resulted in a fragmented society of fear, uncertainty, mistrust and vulnerability. Those anxious and vulnerable voters no longer see the EU as a protective project. This must change.”
Bart Staes (Greens/EFA MEP)
"The EU is fantastic and unique achievement in the world. Thanks to European cooperation, its members achieved 70 years of peace. We must continue to build bridges instead of walls. That's why we need a radically different Europe. Another Europe is possible. And as Greens we stand with all those who want a different Europe: more democratic, more transparent, humane, sustainable and social."
Julien Bayou, Sandra Regol (National spokespeople) and Marie Toussaint (Europe Representative)
"This vote is a blow to the European Union and to the values that gave rise to the birth of the European project: uniting for peace and solidarity of the peoples of the continent […] The populist slogans of pro-Brexit campaign demonstrated, in particular, the fears of citizens on major issues such as taxation, socio-economic status or migration problems. These questions have been diverted to national and populist purposes during the referendum campaign, which remains representative of national selfishness in the EU […] The resurgence of nationalism and individualism are more than symptoms of a dislocation in the European Union: they are the first fruits […] The will of building Europe is a will to build a democratic European project , durable, not founded on austerity, but, rather, part of a shared prosperity […] EELV recalls its commitment to the English, Scottish and European Greens to pursuit the realisation of the European project […] For environmentalists, the European Union carries answers to the current challenges of peace and of living together, of protecting the environment and climate, of shared prosperity. That's why we bet on a takeover by European citizens of our collective destiny."
Jesse Klaver (Party Leader)
“As a convinced European, I feel disappointed. This could be a turning point in the history of the European Union. It shows that the European project may fail.”
Bas Eickhout (Greens/EFA MEP)
“The emergence of parties like those of Le Pen and Wilders are an example of mistrust. But Austria just chose a pro-European president and remember that almost half of the British voted for remain. It is clear that we must seriously dicuss the functioning and future of Europe. The European Union was meant to be a tool for unification, but we now see great division. Europe will have to change.”
Bernadett Szél (Co-President)
“This is a painful moment for many of us. The decision of the British citizens has shown how they imagine their own destiny and it is still unclear exactly how this will affect either the British community or the EU as a whole, or even the global community outside the European Union. The basis of the European community should be the citizens of Europe. A crisis always provides opportunity to review it. It must be changed and these changes should be made. We cannot wait more, the stakes are high […] we should listen to the community, improve the long-term dialogue with democratic and constitutional forces, like for example, the Greens. It is also a fact that the Green’s criticisms have long fallen on deaf ears: for a long time we have been calling for a strengthening of the European Parliament, which the citizens directly elect, and who we demand be taken into account by the European Commission and the Council. The EU leaders should examine what their responsibility is in what happened, and no one is an exception. These consequences need to engage them. Today it is clear how important it is to restart the EU and we have to do this by providing a solution to the problems of the majority of Europeans! Meanwhile, we need to examine the interests of Hungarians currently living in the UK because their fate is now also more uncertain: for the first time the government has admitted that many of them, in fact most of them, went out of economic necessity - the British decision again warns that we must create a country where everyone can thrive and where no one is forced to emigrate."
Ernest Urtasun (Greens/EFA MEP and Spokesman of ICV)
“This is a blow for the integration project, after a campaign in the UK where Brexit supporters have made demagogic use of the issue of immigration […] the result also shows that it was a huge mistake to accept that the UK could forego European principles as old as that of non-discrimination of workers by nationality. A Europe that allows citizens' rights are respected to the letter is a Europe that renounces its essence and gives wings to Eurosceptics. Europe is currently experiencing an unprecedented crisis after years of confusion and backward social and democratic crisis. This result obliges the EU to stop postponing urgent debate on this deep crisis. The EU can only keep going if there is a 180 degree turn […] If the EU continues to be used by Member States as a machine of neoliberal deregulation that violates democratic rights, the crisis will continue. These anti-democratic policies give power to the enemies of Europe and democracy […] The crisis in the EU now features dysfunction in the euro area as one of its core elements. We must therefore urgently complete the necessary steps to democratize and further Economic and Monetary Union and to fix the errors generated by Maastricht. The answer must be more integration and more subjection to democratic scrutiny. Urtasun has demanded the State Government to guarantee the rights of all citizens in Catalonia and Spain today residing in the UK because "their rights may be affected by the new framework for relations that will be negotiated between the EU and United Kingdom.”
Florent Marcellesi (Spokesman for EQUO in the European Parliament)
"European governments must get to work immediately to together lay the foundations of a new Europe that is more united, just and supportive, if we want to regain the trust of citizens. Now the choice is between a nationalist withdrawal or a refounding of the European project. We cannot act as if nothing had happened. We must rethink the European Union. And we must do it more democratically and transparently, opening a real constituent process that is in the hands of the citizens.”
Rosa Martínez (Co-Spokesperson for EQUO)
“Brexit adds to the list of problems that the EU has still to resolve, together with the refugee crisis, the TTIP, and austerity. On June 26 we have the opportunity to demonstrate that there is another alternative to xenophobia and austerity and bailing out banks. Namely, a project based on democracy, solidarity, social and environmental justice.”
Juantxo López de Uralde (Co-Spokesperson for EQUO)
"We do not like this unsupportive EU, but we are not in favor of Brexit. We stand for a Europe for the people, we want an open and supportive EU. We do not agree with some of the arguments that have been used to justify the Brexit; xenophobic values are not part of us. We need more Europe, a united Europe.”
Matěj Stropnický, (Chairperson)
"The European Union is losing the trust of its own citizens and if it doesn’t change it will perish. Its reform must aim at more participation, more democracy, more efficient regulation of supranational economic powers, less bureaucracy and fewer frivolous regulations, less corporate influence and fewer particular Member State interests. A Europe based on those reforms, built on the cooperation of people, not only states, is only conceivable as a federation. And it must be done now, at this time of crisis in the European community, which was not initiated but only potentiated by the British decision to leave. Maybe, and I don’t enjoy saying this, it will be easier without Britain. However, I still hope they will come back to Europe.”
Petr Štěpánek (Foreign Affairs Expert of the Party)
"We expect the European Parliament, the European Commission and the representatives of Member States to start immediately with negotiations towards a deepening of democracy within the EU and further integration of common policies in the areas of welfare, migration and the environment. The Czech Greens believe the Czech government should initiate a united Visegrad Group position on the future democratisation of EU institutions.”
Marek Kossakowski, Małgorzata Tracz (Co-Chairs)
“A spectre is haunting Europe - the specter of nationalism. United Kingdom left the European Union. Brexit won. It's a sad day for us, a bad day for the whole of Europe.
Nearly half of British voted for staying in the Union. We thank them for it. Those, however, who wanted her to leave, were the majority.
Nationalist sentiments are growing stronger in more and more countries in Europe. In France in the first round of last year's local elections the National Front got nearly 30 percent of the vote. In Austria, in the recent presidential election, the extreme nationalist Norbert Hofer got 49.7 per cent of the vote. This is only 0.6 percent less than Alexander Van der Bellen, the Green Party candidate […] The project of a united Europe - a project that had put an end to nationalism and centuries-long wars - is in danger.
[…] The result of the British referendum strengthen nationalists and populists in other countries, such as Poland.
Together we have to resist this wave of national egoism. We know that these problems have not come out of nowhere. Europeans need to find an answer to their fears and feelings of insecurity, because they are a breeding ground for demagoguery and simple solutions.
We belong to the great family of the European Greens. We know what kind of Europe we want: a fair, democratic, secure. Europe tolerant and open people. Europe joining the green economic transformation of concern for human rights. Europe of solidarity.
Today we need unity more than ever. There is no return to the idea of nation states. Europe must be united!.”
Philip Gkanoulis (Spokesman)
“Great responsibility lies with the political forces that instigated the withdrawal of Britain, insisting on weakening solidarity in Europe, with its deadlock of neoliberal austerity policies and the closed borders that have been opted for in recent years. Ecologists Greens, advocating the peaceful resolution of problems at the local and global level, do not want to rely on these destabilising processes. They insist that the future is in Europe, but a different Europe that is people-centered, solidary and green. Europe must change. Tolerance of a brutal and criminal dominating economic system cannot continue. The future is here and waiting for a clear word from the green, left and truly progressive political forces.”
Partia Zielona (Poland) - https://twitter.com/Zieloni/status/746266970895560704
Grüne Österreich (Austria) - https://twitter.com/Gruene_Austria/status/746295227019853825
EQUO (Spain) - https://twitter.com/Equo/status/746274482319396865
Scottish Greens (Scotland) - https://twitter.com/scotgp/status/746222607549116423
Партия ЯБЛОКО (Russia) - https://twitter.com/yabloko/status/746270314036879360
ICV (Catalonia / Spain) - https://twitter.com/iniciativa/status/746272204200026112
Οικολόγοι Πράσινοι (Greece) - https://twitter.com/Ecogreens/status/746280047313551361
Os Verdes (Portugal) - https://twitter.com/OsVerdes/status/746289281971462144
Green Party Ireland (Ireland) - https://twitter.com/EamonRyan/status/746232390549307393
Strana zelených (Czech Republic) - https://twitter.com/Strana_zelenych/status/74627047308068044
EELV (France) - https://twitter.com/EELV/status/746277272785653760
Green Party Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland) - https://twitter.com/GreenPartyNI/status/746242638781812736
The Green Party of England and Wales (England and Wales) - https://twitter.com/TheGreenParty/status/746236363654074368 / https://twitter.com/CarolineLucas/status/746212643761885190 / https://twitter.com/TheGreenParty/status/746233048157433856
BÜNDNIS90/DIE GRÜNEN (Germany) - https://twitter.com/Die_Gruenen/status/746258816468160512
Ecolo (Belgium) - https://twitter.com/Ecolo/status/746225336380071938
GroenLinks (Netherlands) - https://twitter.com/groenlinks/status/746221635057770497
Groen (Belgium) - https://twitter.com/groen/status/746249317455925248