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Wednesday, 17 July 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Humanitarian assistance in the Mediterranean (debate)

  Louis Stedman-Bryce (NI). – Madam President, I have to say it’s been a long time since I’ve had so much rubbish and hypocrisy as I’ve heard in here this afternoon. Yesterday we heard the new Commission President talk about gender diversity; not once did she mention about ethnic diversity, which I think is quite a hypocrisy there. If we want to see diversity in the European institutions then the best way to do that is to wait for the cleaning staff that leave here in the mornings and watch the faces of the white MEPs that come in as they are leaving.

We’ve got scaremongers who would have us believe that the UK would turn into a racist society when we leave this institution and believe me, we will be leaving, but we will continue to lead this fight and be one of the most ethnically diverse countries represented in this Parliament. So basically that’s all I have to say on this. Hypocrisy all the way. Disgusting.

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