Doughty – So-called ‘Green Brexit’ was “always cynical spin”

The Guardian has published details of a document produced by Conservative Members of the European Parliament that says a so-called ‘Green Brexit’ is ‘impossible’ to guarantee.  

Commenting, Stephen Doughty MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said: 

“Yet another promise of the Brexiters has disappeared in a puff of smoke. 

The promise of a ‘Green Brexit’ joins the list of cynically made, and always impossible promises alongside ‘no divorce bill’, ‘exact same benefits’ and, of course, ‘£350 million a week for the NHS’. 

“’Green Brexit’ was never anything more than cynical Government spin – and their own MEPs know it. The reality is that Brexit is one of the biggest threats to the environment in any of our lifetimes even before we consider the huge diversion of government time and resources away from issues like tackling climate change.”

As it becomes increasingly clear that the Brexit we were promised can never be delivered, everyone is right to keep an open mind about whether we proceed.”

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Notes to editors

The Guardian’s story can be read here: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/02/green-brexit-is-impossible-to-guarantee-say-tory-meps