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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Statement by the candidate Commission President (debate)

  Molly Scott Cato (Verts/ALE). – Mr President, those wanting to stop the UK’s disastrous crash out of the EU should feel greatly encouraged by Dr von der Leyen’s comments about Brexit. Dr von der Leyen, I was delighted to hear you call yourself a Remainer to our group, and to say that you would be willing to give us the extra time we may need to resolve this deeply damaging episode in our country’s history.

But on a range of issues, from tax and trade to climate and protecting life in our countryside, there is a gulf between your views and the green agenda for change. Most importantly, I cannot vote for you because the appointments process that led us here is a step away from closer engagement with citizens and from democracy. The backroom deal done in the Council explicitly reassured the far right in the countries of central Europe, where the rule of law is under threat and democratic standards are at risk. It’s so disappointing that the election of the Commission President will depend on the votes of the far right, rather than those of a strong pro-European majority that could have been achieved by offering the radical change that Green voters demand.


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