EU Referendum: the Island view

The Isle of Wight Green Party is reminding islanders when voting in Thursday's EU referendum to remember how MEPs are working hard for EU islands to overcome the permanent handicaps they face.

Islands across the EU are in a unique and vulnerable position. Earlier (in April) this year, MEPs approached the Commission to establish an 'EU Agenda for Islands' to monitor development, and a study focusing on the extra transport and economic costs of living on an island.

Vix Lowthion, IW Green Party leader says "It is only through working together with other EU island communities that we can overcome the unique obstacles that we face through the isolation that can come with being an Island. We will best face these challenges as part of a strong European Union - sharing initiatives and developing our full potential."

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East agrees. "There is so much more the EU can do for the Isle of Wight. Rather than severing our relationship with our closest neighbours we need to lobby our locally elected politicians to fight for the best deal for the Isle of Wight within the EU. The Isle of Wight is eligible for much more support from the European Union than the local Leave supporting MP, Andrew Turner, would have us believe."

The EU has delivered £1 million of funding in support of Solent Offshore Renewable Energy Consortium, supported hundreds of jobs at Vestas site on Isle of wight and £660m of European funding has been delivered for the South East region alone.





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