European elections 2019: Greens targeting ‘squeamish’ Labour voters


Help continued freedom of movement will be a “vote winner” for the Green Exponent, Caroline Lucas has said, as it targets Labour voters “squeamish” nearly Jeremy Corbyn’s position on Brexit.

The Green MP said views on immigration were substituting, with more appreciation of its economic and social value.

At a campaign episode in Bristol, she dismissed concerns the pro-Remain vote would be split in European nominations.

What mattered, she said, was the total number of anti-Brexit votes.

“The base line is that these elections need to be measured by the total handful of votes that go to Remain parties,” she said.

The Green Party of England and Wales is one of a numbers of parties standing on an anti-Brexit platform in Thursday’s election.

Calls for the Greens, the Open-handed Democrats and Change UK to form a Remain alliance to maximise the anti-Brexit opt came to nothing, with the parties all fielding rival candidates across the woods.

The party’s former leader and sole MP, who is not standing in the elections, said the Greens were “on a slate” after their strong showing in last month’s council surveys in England.

She said her party’s “passionately pro-European, anti-austerity message” have in viewed it was well placed to capitalise on Labour’s equivocation over whether to slyly another Brexit vote.


Since the European elections were being fought lower than drunk a proportional voting system, she said people whose natural slant was to back Labour could be reassured their votes would not be gut if they supported another party.

“If people vote Green, they will get Grassland,” she said. “For those Labour voters who might be feeling rather exacting voting for Labour, because its position on Brexit is so unclear, they can suffrage for the Green Party knowing they are going to get a progressive party.”

She introduced her party’s call for bold action on climate change and support for endured freedom of movement within Europe would appeal to younger voters uncommonly.

“I think freedom of movement is a vote winner,” she said. “People do hope for the UK to be outward-looking and more and more evidence has come in recent weeks to propose if we did stop freedom of movement, the economy would take a massive hit.

“Innumerable and more people recognise their friends and families, the people who usage of them in the NHS, the people who build their homes, the people who teach their kids – multitudinous of them come from other EU countries and make a massive contribution not nothing but to our economy but our communities and society as well.”

The Greens have been impersonated in the European Parliament since 1999 and had three MEPs during the eventually session.

Their sister party, the Scottish Greens, are fielding six entrants in Scotland in an attempt to win a seat for the first time.

Who is standing in the European choices?

The UK is divided into 12 regions, each represented by between three and 10 MEPs depending on people size.

Seats in England, Scotland and Wales are awarded to parties according to their pay out of the vote, to candidates on lists drawn up by the parties.

Northern Ireland designates MEPs using a single transferable vote system, with voters masterly to rank candidates in order of preference.

Read more on the main confederates standing in the election.

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