5 April 2019
After the bill proposing a longer extension to Article 50 passed through the Commons on Wednesday night, the North West Green Party has welcomed the prospect of this extension to ‘provide valuable breathing space’ and allow European elections to take place.
Molly Scott Cato MEP, Green Party Brexit spokesperson, said:
“A longer extension would give the country valuable breathing space for more democratic engagement and provide an opportunity for the many millions of people who believe our best future lies in the EU to vote for pro-EU, pro-remain candidates in the European elections.
“The Green Party stands ready to fight EU elections. We plan to use these democratic and proportional elections to mobilise one of the strongest pro-EU movements anywhere on the continent and champion a fairer, greener, more democratic EU.
"A strong vote for pro-European candidates will massively increase the chances of winning a future People’s Vote so we can begin to heal our divided communities and our relationship with our EU neighbours.
“Politicians could and should also use this time to address the causes that gave rise to feelings of powerlessness, alienation and being left behind which prompted so many to vote leave in 2016."
Gina Dowding, Lancashire County Councillor and lead MEP candidate for the North West Green Party said: “Here in the North West the Greens have selected a full list of candidates to contest the European elections due next month - an announcement will be made in the coming week. We will use the European election period to promote the Greens’ ambitious programme for creating green jobs and a fairer economy, while improving our natural world on which we all depend, thus tackling the big issues we face today, other than Brexit itself.“
The Green Party candidates for the North West region in the Euro Elections of 23 May are:
Gina Dowding. Lancashire County Councillor. Elected.
Wendy Olsen. Salford.
Jessica Northey. St Helens.
Geraldine Coggins. Trafford Borough Councillor.
Rosie Mills. Lancaster.
Astrid Johnson. Manchester.
Dan Jerrome. Trafford Borough Councillor.
James Booth. Macclesfield.