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Plenary speech by MEP Alyn Smith

"As a Scottish European I’ve long wondered how I’d feel today, and the answer is I’m heartbroken. Not for myself but for the people I serve, for future generations."


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"Keep Our Citizens Safe" - EU Parliament approves Brexit mandate

EFA Press release from SNP MEPs Ian Hudghton & Alyn Smith

The SNP Members of the European Parliament Ian Hudghton MEP and Alyn Smith MEP have today (Wednesday) voted, with heavy hearts, to approve a European Parliament negotiating mandate in response to the UK commencing the Article 50 process to leave the EU. The mandate is not about the merits of Brex...


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Citizens must be central to Brexit talks

According to MEPs from the European Free Alliance group, the negotiations should be fair and in good faith, with citizens' interests coming first and people not used as bargaining chips


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Plenary speech by MEP Philippe Lamberts

"Prime Minister May, many of your own citizens are proud to call not just the UK, but Europe home. We can't let them down!"


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Negotiations must be conducted in good faith

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The European Parliament has backed a resolution setting out its terms for negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union. The resolution was co-signed by the Greens/EFA group alongside the EPP, S&D, ALDE, and GUE-NGL groups. Negotiations must commence in good faith, says Greens/EFA co-president, Philippe Lamberts.


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Today is a sad day for the European project

EFA press release Josep-Maria Terricabras MEP

Following the triggering of Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union today, which begins the Brexit process, Josep-Maria Terricabras, President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament said that an inevitably difficult and complicated negotiation now lies ahead in order to try and reach an agreement.


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Brexit must not undermine the EU’s binding principles

Article 50 triggered by UK

"We will be sorry to see the UK go. However, the decision of one member to leave should not put all of Europe’s shared achievements at risk. We will not allow Brexit to undermine the basic principles that bind the EU. " The Greens/EFA co-presidents react to the triggering of Article 50.


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Prime Minister’s speech sets out self-defeating agenda

British Prime Minister Theresa May has today delivered a highly anticipated speech, outlining her position for the Brexit negotiations. The speech confirms that the British Government has chosen the hardest form of separation between the UK and the European Union, exiting the single mar...


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Italian referendum

After ill-conceived vote, Italy must look to solve fundamental problems

Responding to the result of the Italian constitutional referendum, and the subsequent resignation of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Greens/EFA group president Philippe Lamberts said: "It is obvious that Italy's political system, which is one of Europe's most intricate and most ...


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After the Panama Papers: towards fair corporate taxation in Europe

After the Panama Papers the Green Group in the European Parliament pushed hard for political action and played a leading role in obtaining an inquiry committee, which started working in July 2016. There are also several national and regional inquiry committees to examine current tax practices of mem...


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EFA President in Brexit talks

President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament Josep-Maria Terricabras is taking part in the first of a series of exchanges of view on the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union. Josep-Maria Terricabras Today's meeting and exchange of views with the European Commiss...


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Corporate Tax Avoidance

Greens uncover new tax scandal involving chemicals giant BASF

  The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament has uncovered that chemical giant BASF used aggressive tax strategies and a series of ‘tax tricks’ to avoid paying almost a billion euros in tax over a five year period between 2010 and 2014.  The new revelations come ahea...


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