Green MEP warns Brexit is no escape from toxic trade deals as CETA gets the green-light
Keith Taylor MEP is warning that Brexit will not free the UK from toxic trade deals as the European Parliament votes to green-light CETA, the controversial EU-Canada trade deal.
The deal, which has been long opposed by trade justice campaigners, trade unions, European Green Parties and millions of citizens in the EU and Canada, was voted through by a majority of MEPs during a plenary session in Strasbourg this week.
Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East and a member of the European Parliament’s Environment committee, said:
“CETA is a bad deal for the people of Britain, Europe, and even Canada, but a great deal for multinational corporations keen to escape the democratic oversight of national parliaments. It is little wonder that it is citizens across Europe and in North America that are the loudest and more determined opponents of this toxic trade deal.”
Keith Taylor MEP: European Commission ‘final warning’ reveals the need for a new UK Clean Air Act
Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East, has slammed the Government’s ‘repeated failures’ on air pollution as the European Commission issues a ‘final warning‘ to the UK over air quality breaches.
Keith, a vocal air quality campaigner and a member of the European Parliament’s Environment committee, said:
“The government has been exposed, yet again, as failing in its duty to take even the most basic action to combat an air pollution crisis that needlessly claims the lives of more than 50,000 people in Britain every year. It’s no surprise that two-thirds of the public want the Prime Minister to do more to combat the toxic air they are forced to breathe.”
Keith Taylor MEP welcomes recent decisions by the European Parliament advancing LGBTIQA+ rights
Keith Taylor, Green Party MEP for the South East, is welcoming recent decisions by the European Parliament advancing LGBTIQA+ rights.
Keith Taylor, a member of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBTI rights, said:
“The EU has a long history of working with and for the LGBTIQA+ community. These most recent decisions by the European Parliament show the vital role the EU continues to play in safeguarding and advancing human rights both within Europe and on a global level.
In January, the European Parliament sent a strong message to Indonesia: human rights are universal. Discrimination, hate speech and violence against LGBTIQA+ people must be rejected outright.
In February, it made clear that national legislation within Europe must be updated to ensure that LGBTIQA+ families are able to move freely between European countries without fear of discrimination.
We have an obligation to create fair, equal and tolerant societies. Working with our neighbours in the EU, we have the best chance of winning the global fights for equality.”