Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas will be backing the EU referendum and votes for 16-17 year olds when MPs debate the Government's bill today (June 9) in Parliament.
Keith Taylor, Green MEP for South East England, has said that staying in the EU would “guarantee a better future for the UK”. The Green Party is in favour of a referendum because it believes in giving voters a say on the issue however the Greens are strongly campaigning to remain in the EU.
The Green Party will be highlighting the major benefits to the UK that come from legislation created by the EU. For example; workers rights, environmental protection and freedom of movement.
Keith Taylor, Green MEP for South East England, said:
“Staying in the EU would guarantee a better future for the UK. The EU is far from perfect however vitally important workplace protections and environmental legislation would be under threat if we decided to exit.
We must also remember that the EU gives us, and our EU counterparts, the right to live and work in other EU countries which is something that everyone stands to benefit from for decades to come”.
The Greens are also strongly campaigning for 16-17 year olds to be given the chance to vote in the upcoming referendum.
Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, said:
"Many people feel that the EU is something that’s done to them – rather than something they have a say on.
We must use this opportunity to have a real debate about the role and purpose of the EU. And that means involving 16-17 year olds too in this historic, far reaching and long term decision. When given the vote in the referendum on Scottish independence, young people engaged strongly, intelligently and responsibly with the debate. An estimated 75 per cent of them turned out to vote.
We must amend the EU Referendum Bill to give our young people a say."
Press release from Keith Taylor MEP's office.