2 March 2016
Caroline Lucas warns TTIP will be pursued even more vigorously by the British Government if the UK is outside of Europe.
Speaking on the BBC’s Newsnight programme, Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, argued that the UK is better in Europe and we need to help reform the EU from within, as partners.
Talking specifically about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Caroline Lucas argued that leaving the EU won’t mean the UK will be immune from its impact. In fact, she argued, a Conservative Government would work even harder to reduce regulatory barriers for big businesses: “Those people who think we will get a softer, nicer, kinder trade agreement by withdrawing from the EU and leaving it up to David Cameron are living in cloud cuckoo land. David Cameron is the cheer leader for TTIP. If we withdraw from the EU he’ll put that into bi-lateral agreements with the US”.
Talking about the lack of transparency in EU institutions Lucas stressed that it does need to be made more democratic.
She went on to explain that EU helps to prevent international terrorism and has ended the constant cycle of war that had blighted Europe for hundreds of years: “after centuries of warfare there’s something noble in sorting out our problems without bullets and bombs”.
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