Brighton & Hove Greens

Working to fight Brexit


Greens remain the only party on Brighton and Hove City Council consistently speaking up for our community against Brexit. Your local councillors have been fighting to ensure public services are protected, and to oppose any weakening of environmental protections or worker’s rights. Most of all, Greens stand in solidarity with our communities – who must be given a People’s Vote. 

Fighting against a hard brexit

Last year the EU invested £17m to support 600 farmers around Brighton; it has invested over £100m to support research projects and £1m to create jobs. 50 local projects could stand to lose EU funding after Brexit. 

The Local Government Association calculates that local communities face an £8.4bn funding gap from the point the UK exits the EU. 

In Parliament, on the Council and in the European Parliament - your Green representatives are working hard for you.

In Parliament

“All of us know so much more now than we did in 2016, and a People's Vote would be your first chance to vote on the facts. We're going to have to live with the consequences of this decision for decades to come, and it will affect young people most of all. So let's just be sure - let's vote on this together as a country. Don't leave it to the Westminster elite to decide for you.”
Caroline Lucas, MP

We're being let down by a Tory government that's driving through a dangerous Brexit.

Caroline believes that:

  • An extreme Brexit will be a disaster for Britain
  • The public deserve a say on the Government's Brexit deal
  • The Government must address the reasons so many people voted for far-reaching change in 2016

Opposing Tory plans

Caroline has been steadfast in her opposition to Tory Brexit plans. She has consistently voted against the Government's damaging deal and is campaigning to protect EU citizens who've built their lives here, workers' rights, freedom of movement, animals and environmental protections no matter what happens with Brexit.

Calling for a People's Vote

Caroline is a leading supporter of the People's Vote campaign to give the public a say on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. Nearly three years after the referendum result, we know so much more about what Brexit actually looks like, and the Leave campaign has been exposed for breaking electoral laws and lying about what leaving the EU would mean for the UK's public services. Caroline believes democracy is a process - not a one-off event - and the public must have a vote on the Brexit deal secured by the Government, with the option to remain in the EU if they wish.

Working to address the causes of Brexit

In 2019 Caroline launched Dear Leavers - a project that aims to change the divisive conversation about Brexit, and find common ground between Leave and Remain voters. Caroline believes many people were right to use the 2016 referendum to give the establishment a kicking - because the status quo is intolerable for far too many.

She is working with communities to explore the reasons why so many voted to Leave, propose democratic reforms to empower communities and find shared solutions to issues such as inequality, austerity and deindustrialisation.

On the Council

Green Councillors have continually raised questions on Brexit and the impacts on the City. We have:

Backed a people's vote

We've successfully proposed that Brighton and Hove City Council become the first English Council to formally back a ‘People’s Vote’  - and write to the Government calling for one and renewed our calls.

We marched in solidarity with all those calling for a People’s Vote in our city and beyond. Green Councillors backed over 1,399 Brighton and Hove petitioners calling for a People’s Vote last year.

Lobbied the Government

Green councillors asked for a number of ‘Green Guarantees,’ including no NHS sell off, security and sanctuary for migrants and refugees and reinstatement of bursaries for nurses affected by Brexit ‘exodus’. We demanded that the council lobby the Government for impact assessments, so our city can understand what leaving the EU means.

Pushed for Council action

Greens called for the Council to remain a member of Eurocities, a partnership which has brought in funding and support for employment work, career advice and environment project. We also pushed for an analysis in every council report that shows how Brexit will affect the delivery of our city’s public services and for reassurance that Brighton and Hove City Council will maintain existing protections for workers and the environment in the event of the UK leaving the EU.

Most recently, we called for EU Nationals to be given support and information by Brighton and Hove City Council on applying for settled status and asked for the council to establish how E.U funding programmes for the city would be replaced.

We sit on the Council's Brexit Working Group and are making sure the city is as prepared as possible for Brexit.

More of our work on Brexit

Greens demand answers on what Brexit will mean for Brighton and Hove – and call for ratification referendum

By matttraini | 18th December 2017

18 December 2017   Local Green Councillors will this week demand a ratification referendum on Brexit as part of proposals seeking greater clarification on the impact any ‘Brexit deal’ will have on Brighton and Hove.   Proposals being put to a meeting of Full Council this Thursday 14th December from the Greens will ask the Council […]

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Green success as local Council formally backs call for Brexit ‘final deal’ referendum

By matttraini | 15th December 2017

15 December 2017 Brighton and Hove City Council becomes first in country to vote in support of ratification referendum Brighton and Hove city Council has become the first in the UK to endorse a call for a referendum to ratify any final deal on Brexit after a proposal from the Green Group of Councillors received […]

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Article 50 – our exit from the E.U now underway

By hannahclare | 31st March 2017

The triggering of Article 50 will put Brighton and Hove and the country into a state of uncertainty. The Conservative government is pursuing an extreme exit from the European Union with no assurances on the environment, workers’ rights or, as the so-called ‘party of business’, even trade. Brighton and Hove City council now faces a […]

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Greens call on Council to maintain workers’ rights and environment post-Brexit

By matttraini | 21st July 2016

Green councillors have submitted a motion to the next meeting of Brighton and Hove City Council on Thursday, requesting that the council maintain existing protections for workers and the environment in the event of the UK leaving the EU. Greens say while they respect the outcome of the referendum nationally, steps should be taken that […]

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BLOG: Stand together

By paulsteedman | 29th June 2016

  “I was at the count for the referendum in the Corn Exchange and walked out of it early on Friday morning with a very sad feeling. I moved here from Ireland and have lived and worked in this country for more than half of my adult life and it really felt that this was […]

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Greens say Brighton & Hove must shine brighter in face of division

By hannahclare | 24th June 2016

Greens vow to fight for workers and the environment after Brexit win June 24th, 2016 Green Councillors in Brighton and Hove have vowed to fight against a “bonfire of regulations” which could be seen following the EU referendum result to leave the EU.  Greens say they will oppose any weakening of environmental protection or worker’s […]

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BLOG: Why I am voting to stay in the EU

By paulsteedman | 10th June 2016

  At this time of year I look longingly at the sea, waiting for a hot day to take my first dip. As someone who loves swimming off Brighton beach as well as in nearby rivers, I value the direct contact with nature this gives me. Last year a mackerel leapt out the water beside […]

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Green Party launches regional ‘Greener In’ campaign in Brighton

By paulsteedman | 2nd April 2016

  The Green Party launched its regional ‘Greener In’ campaign this morning in Brighton, highlighting how vital Green supporters in the South East will be in order to win the vote for the UK to stay in the EU. Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas was joined on Brighton beachfront today by the Green Party MEP […]

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