Molly was joined by Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas in Bristol today to unveil the Party's plan to tackle air pollution. The announcement comes as the Government is expected to release their own plans to tackle illegal air pollution in many UK cities, including Bristol. Molly describes the problem as a ‘health emergency’. She points to research showing nearly two thirds of the British population live in towns and cities where air pollution levels breach EU legal limits and that toxic air is responsible for an estimated 40,000 premature deaths every year. In Bristol alone, 300 deaths a year are linked to air pollution.
The Green Party today pledged to offer the nation a chance to vote to remain in the EU if they do not like the deal on offer at the end of the negotiation period between the UK and the EU. Co-leader, Caroline Lucas MP and Bristol West candidate, Molly Scott Cato MEP, pledged a ‘ratification referendum’ providing people a clear choice between accepting the deal on offer at the end of the Article 50 process or remaining a member of the EU. They said this will not be a re-run of the in-out referendum but will be a vote about the ratification process.
“With this election, we are at a crossroads for Britain's future. Today marks the beginning of the Green Party’s campaign for a bold, positive future for our country, in full opposition to the extreme Brexit and far-right agenda threatened by the Tories.