12 December 2016
Commenting on last week’s vote in the House of Commons in which the government won a majority for triggering Article 50 by the end of March next year, John Knight, the Green Party’s spokesperson for Macclesfield, said:
“Conservatives and Labour have joined forces in a great leap into the dark, with no idea where we are going, or how to get there. They have voted to sign a blank cheque to the government to agree any version of Brexit they wish.
“I am delighted the Green Party's MP, Caroline Lucas, voted against locking Britain into invoking article 50 without any guarantee of specific plans; no idea where Brexit Britain is heading, and based on an arbitrary timetable.
“It is regrettable that David Rutley and George Osborne, the MPs for Macclesfield and Tatton - which voted to remain in the EU - chose to ignore their constituents.”
Nigel Hennerley, the Greens’ Tatton spokesperson, added: “Labour and the Tories seem set to hand over our economy and environment to hard-line Brexiteers who have set the compass towards tearing up important environmental legislation, removing us from the single market and embarking on a race to the bottom on tax rates and workers’ rights. The Green Party will not sit back while they do this. The vote to leave the EU didn’t give the government this mandate.
“Greens have a very different destination in mind: we want to maintain the closest possible relationship with our European neighbours; remain in the single market; defend the rights of UK and EU citizens wherever they choose to live and be offered a say on the final deal proposed by the government and the EU. Last night’s vote guarantees none of these things.”
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