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"It's time for a People's Vote" Bristol's Green MEP responds to Withdrawal Agreement

Responding to the draft Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between the EU and the UK, Bristol's Green MEP,  Molly,Scott Cato who is also the Green Party Brexit speaker, said:

“Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement has seen the cake and eat it fantasy replaced by a dog’s breakfast. Rightly, the EU have stuck fast to defending the single market – a cornerstone of the union – and the prime minister has been forced to cave in, meaning we will be bound by rules we no longer have political influence over.

“To protect manufacturing and farming the agreement proposes a customs territory, which will apply indefinitely, but it fails to offer us the full economic benefits we currently enjoy as EU members in the single market and customs union.

“We now know what the reality of Brexit looks like. And it looks like the exact opposite of promises made during the referendum campaign. To go ahead with this deal without checking if it is acceptable to people across the UK would be a democratic travesty.

“MPs must now work together across the political divide and further build momentum for a People’s Vote – a chance to vote for the deal on offer or to maintain our current arrangements as a member of the EU. In particular, people will look to Labour to actually do the job of opposition and defend democracy by agreeing this decision needs to be handed back to the people.  

“People voted neither for no deal or a dodgy deal. It’s time for the real deal – a vote on the reality of Brexit compared with remaining in the EU. It’s time for a People’s Vote.”

Green response to Theresa May winning no confidence vote

Green response to Theresa May winning no confidence vote

This is the response of Molly Scott Cato MEP, Bristol's Green MEP, to the announcement that Theresa May has won a no-confidence vote.

Council passes Green motion against cruel and inhumane immigration detention

Council passes Green motion against ‘cruel and inhumane’ immigration detention

Bristol City Councillors have supported calls for an end to immigration detention today, by adding their voice to the cities supporting the ‘These Walls Must Fall’ campaign.

Inspired by Bristol London Greens pass 2030 climate emergency Carbon Neutral motion

Inspired by Bristol, London Greens pass 2030 ‘climate emergency’ Carbon Neutral motion

After Greens in Bristol passed a motion to declare a Climate Emergency and move forward the city’s ‘carbon neutral’ target to 2030, London Assembly Greens have passed a similar motion challenging London Mayor Sadiq Khan to “set a precedent for other major and world cities” and commit to the same 2030 target.

Green MEP writes to Bristol MPs urging them to pack a Peoples Vote

Green MEP writes to Bristol MPs urging them to pack a People's Vote

Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, has written to all 55 South West MPs urging them to reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal in next week’s crucial parliamentary vote. She has urged them to back a People’s Vote instead – effectively handing the decision on the country’s future back to voters.

End Immigration Detention  these walls must fall

End Immigration Detention - these walls must fall

Green Councillors have submitted a motion to a coming Full Council meeting (11 December) supporting calls for an end to immigration detention in the UK. The motion, proposed by Green councillor Fi Hance and seconded by Labour councillor Ruth Pickersgill, calls on Bristol’s Mayor to endorse the ‘These Walls Must Fall’ Campaign (1), lobby the UK government, and work with local MPs and other councils to push for changes in immigration law and alternatives to detention.(2)

Cuts still hitting the poorest despite Mayors warm words

Cuts still hitting the poorest despite Mayor’s warm words

Green Mayoral Candidate, Sandy Hore-Ruthven, has responded to the news that Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees, has today joined a nationwide warning that ‘councils have reached breaking point’ over funding cuts

Greens demands for the COP24 negotiations

Greens demands for the COP24 negotiations

This December government leaders will gather in Katowice, Poland for the COP24 climate summit, where all countries of the world, including EU Member States, must commit to put forward higher 2030 climate targets by 2020. To stay below 1.5°C, as indicated in the landmark IPCC report, the EU needs to commit to significantly increase both its long-term and 2030 targets.

Bristol can become a beacon to the world on how to tackle climate change

Bristol can "become a beacon to the world on how to tackle climate change"

Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, has said the South West region can become a beacon to the world on how to tackle climate change as well as showcasing the economic gains to be had from doing so. The region’s MEP has made the claim as negotiators from around the globe meet in Poland to discuss action on climate change and how to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement which aims to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

Bristols Green MEP challenges charitable status of rightwing think tanks

Bristol's Green MEP challenges charitable status of right-wing think tanks

Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, has written to the Charity Commission to challenge the charitable status granted to a series of far-right think tanks. The challenge comes in the wake of the concession by one such organisation, the Taxpayers Alliance, that it had unfairly dismissed and smeared Brexit whistleblower Shahmir Sanni.

Buses are a right  not a privilege says Sandy HoreRuthven

Buses are a right – not a privilege, says Sandy Hore-Ruthven

A good bus service means people can get where they need to go, when they need to go. The ability to travel should not be based on your income or where you live.

Lack of affordable housing unacceptable

Lack of affordable housing unacceptable

Lack of affordable housing “completely unacceptable” – Green Councillor calls in Bedminster development plans

Its time for a Peoples Vote Bristols Green MEP responds to Withdrawal Agreement

"It's time for a People's Vote" Bristol's Green MEP responds to Withdrawal Agreement

People voted neither for no deal or a dodgy deal. It’s time for the real deal – a vote on the reality of Brexit compared with remaining in the EU. It’s time for a People’s Vote

Greens declare a Climate Emergency and bring Bristols CO2 emissions target forwards 20 years

Greens declare a Climate Emergency and bring Bristol’s CO2 emissions target forwards 20 years

A Green party motion calling on the Mayor of Bristol to declare a climate emergency and bring the city’s carbon neutrality target forward by 20 years (to 2030) passed in a Full Council meeting this evening, committing Bristol to the most ambitious climate change target out of all UK Core Cities.

Greens challenge Mayor on support for Tall Buildings

Greens challenge Mayor on support for Tall Buildings

Green councillors have raised concerns about the Labour Mayor’s support for high rise buildings

Greens call on Mayor declare a Climate Emergency

Greens call on Mayor: declare a Climate Emergency

Green councillors in Bristol are calling on the city’s Mayor to declare a Climate Emergency and bring forward Bristol’s carbon neutrality target, in a motion submitted to Full Council next week.

Time to kick plastic addiction as Green petition to be debated by Council

Time to kick plastic addiction as Green petition to be debated by Council

Thousands of people across Bristol have signed a petition to get rid of unnecessary disposable plastics started by Green Councillor Martin Fodor. The petition has received so much support that it will be debated by all councillors at Full Council. It will also receive a response from the Mayor. The petition calls on the Mayor to take all practical steps to eliminating wasteful plastic across Bristol and has been supported by plastics campaigners across the city. Greens have been campaigning for Bristol to become single-use plastic free for many years, tabling a motion on this in both 2015 and 2016.

Green response to 2018 budget

Green response to 2018 budget

Responding to the 2018 budget, Bristol's Green MEP and party finance spokesperson, Molly Scott Cato MEP, said: “Greens said that this must be an emergency budget for the climate and that it would fail if a single pound was spent on climate wrecking projects [1].

Response to Mayors State of the City speech

Response to Mayor's 'State of the City' speech

Bristol's Green Mayoral Candidate responds to the Labour Mayor's unambitious 'State of the City' annual speech.

Green Councillors support Vision for future of Bristols parks

Green Councillors support Vision for future of Bristol’s parks

Green Councillors have endorsed the Parks Forum’s vision for the future of Bristol's Parks, and suggested some additional points.

Greens call for Review of Bristols HouseBuilding Plans

Greens call for Review of Bristol’s House-Building Plans

Sandy Hore-Ruthven, Green Party candidate for Mayor of Bristol is calling for the Mayor to announce a review of Bristol’s Housing strategy at his State of the City Speech [1] on Wednesday following the government’s announced intention to lift the borrowing cap for local authorities [2]. The cap currently dramatically limits councils from borrowing against their own existing housing stock to build new properties.

Green Councillors support calls to end immigration detention

Green Councillors support calls to end immigration detention

In 2017, 27,000 people entered indefinite immigration detention in the UK, many of them from Bristol.

Green Councillors oppose government plans to fast track fracking

Green Councillors oppose government plans to fast track fracking

Green and independent Councillors from across the West of England signed a response to the government’s twin consultations on fracking and fracking exploration at a demo in Bristol on Tuesday 9 October, urging the government to back down from its plan to make controversial fracking developments harder to challenge under planning law.

Greens call for caution on tall buildings  response to Urban Living consultation

Greens call for caution on tall buildings - response to Urban Living consultation

Green Councillors support high quality, denser developments to accommodate people and create communities but are concerned Bristol Council could lose sight of the downsides in its enthusiasm for tall buildings

Setting the record straight  the Lord Mayors car

Setting the record straight – the Lord Mayor’s car

Green councillors have expressed their disappointment with the tactics of Bristol’s Labour group after an ‘anonymous Labour source’ falsely claimed to the Bristol Post that Green Lord Mayor Cleo Lake had “demanded the purchase of one of the most expensive cars in the world”.

Bristol shoppers join worldwide campaign returning unnecessary plastic to supermarkets

Bristol shoppers join worldwide campaign returning unnecessary plastic to supermarkets

This weekend Bristol shoppers and Greens joined campaigners from around the world in ‘plastic attacks’ to hand back their unneeded single use plastics to supermarkets across Bristol.

Letter Bristol Cllrs must vote against the proposed airport expansion

Letter: Bristol Cllrs must vote against the proposed airport expansion

We can all do our bit to help reduce the impact of climate change by choosing to walk and cycle more or fly less, but only politicians can make the big decisions that will decide whether our planet blossoms or burns. It is time they start treating climate change as the global emergency that it is.

Arena decision Why are we letting austerity dictate how our city should grow

Arena decision: Why are we letting austerity dictate how our city should grow?

You can’t shrink to greatness! But with the arena decision at cabinet last week that is what it feels like Bristol has done.

Bristol Greens to attend RiseForClimate rally in Bristol  8th September

Bristol Greens to attend #RiseForClimate rally in Bristol – 8th September

Alongside organisations in Bristol and in cities around the world, Bristol Green Party members and elected representatives will be demanding urgent action on climate change by taking part in the #RiseForClimate rally in Bristol on 8th September.

Green Group Leader Mayors arena decision shows contempt for democracy

Green Group Leader: Mayor's arena decision shows contempt for democracy

The day after he voted for a council motion supporting a Temple Meads location for Bristol's Arena, the city's Labour Mayor has scrapped the project altogether in a Cabinet meeting.

Opinion Bristol wants the arena on Arena Island

Opinion: Bristol wants the arena on Arena Island

Bristol Green Party's Deputy Coordinator writes for 24/7 about why the Mayor should listen and build the Arena on Arena Island.

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