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Monday, 13 January 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

One-minute speeches on matters of political importance

  Jane Brophy (Renew). – Mr President, this is one of the last plenary sessions before Britain leaves the EU. We may be going, but leaving will impact far into our future.

Today, Parliament discussed the tragic bushfires that have decimated Australia’s homes and wildlife. In Yorkshire, in northern England, people’s homes have been devastated by floods. The EU offered millions of pounds of funding in flood relief, but the UK rejected it. In 1980, our British beaches were badly polluted and they were unsightly too. Just 40 years later, 99% have been designated safe for swimming, mostly because of GBP 3 billion of EU funding.

Can we trust Boris Johnson’s Government to keep our beaches clean? Can we trust that our native species of birds will be saved again from extinction? Who will be there, when the floods come to the UK again, to support us? The EU has worked tirelessly to invest in a shared future for our children. Weird weather events must be a warning to everybody that climate change does not respect international boundaries. It is up to the elected representatives of every nation to protect our planet from environmental destruction, and Britain is so much worse off without the European Union.

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