Liverpool, 2 April 2017
Commenting on the conclusions of the joint European and Global Greens Congress that took place in Liverpool (UK) from March 30 to April 2, European Green Party Co-chairs Reinhard Bütikofer and Monica Frassoni, together with Green Party of England and Wales Co-leaders Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley, said:
“In the week Article 50 was triggered, Greens from across Europe and the world gathered in Liverpool to discuss how we can face the future together. Brexit was not our choice and we don’t believe UK citizens voted to turn away from European values, from democracy or the rule of law. Nor do we believe the British people voted to put at risk their environment, their workplace and citizens rights.
"We know that the British people do not want their fellow Europeans, who’ve made their homes here in Britain in good faith, treated as hostages or bargaining chips whilst the Prime Minister gambles with their future. We intend to work together to make sure that the process that will follow will not be detrimental to the rights of citizens and the environment.
"In the UK, we will mobilize on issues like a new environment act to ensure no protections slip through the net as regulations are transferred to Britain, will be key for us to follow and make sure European Environment law will still be applied and introduced in the British system. At the same time, at the EU level, we will continue to work for transparent and fair Brexit negotiations.”
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Head of Communications and Press