Greens reject alliance with Centrist Remain parties

The Green Party has previously accused ChangeUK of "vapid centrism"

Green Party members have taken to social media to reject the idea of an alliance with Centrist Remain parties like Change UK and the Liberal Democrats.

Some pro-Remain twitter users have suggested that these three parties, who all support a second referendum, should co-operate in the upcoming European elections.

However, Green Party of England and Wales co-leader Jonathan Bartley has previously criticised Change UK, formerly known as ‘The Independent Group’.

Writing in the Huffington Post in February, he said they stand for “the vapid centrist politics which helped leave Britain so damaged in the first place.”

He continued: “Far from learning the lessons of the past three years, the Independent Group pinned their colours to the mast of yet another form of the old-school politics the British people are so sick of.”

The Green Party was also a strong opponent of the Liberal Democrats participation in the 2010-2015 coalition government.

The other Green Party co-leader Sian Berry confirmed that the party was not considering the idea of an alliance and suggested discussing it was a waste of energy.

Several Green Party members also took to twitter to reject the idea of an alliance.

The Green Party’s education spokesperson Vix Lowthion also pointed out that the Greens and the Liberal Democrats are part of different European parties.

The Greens are part of the European Green Party and the Liberal Democrats are part of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.

In England, Scotland and Wales, European elections are conducted using the d’Hondt system of proportional representation – regional closed list.

This means that each region is allocated a certain number of seats in the European Parliament. For example, Yorkshire and the Humber has six.

Those six seats are allocated to different parties depending on what percentage of the vote that party got.

So in Yorkshire and Humber’s 2014 election, UKIP got 31% of the vote and three seats. Labour got 29% and two seats and the Tories got 19% and one seat.

In contrast, the Scottish Green Party has signalled that it would co-operate with the Scottish National Party at the next Scottish Parliament election.

This is because both parties are in favour of Scottish independence and want a pro-independence majority in the Scottish Parliament.

Joe Lo is a freelance journalist and a reporter for Left Foot Forward.

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7 Responses to “Greens reject alliance with Centrist Remain parties”

  1. Patrick Newman

    Those seeking a second referendum should be aware that remain is not a guaranteed outcome and for many, the no deal choice is attractive if only to end the seemingly never-ending torture inflicted by Mrs May’s pathological stubbornness. A lower risk approach is to support the softest possible Brexit (or Revocation) that the Labour Party seems to be working for. Another factor is that Brexit has magnificently performed a massive diversion from the serious and growing social and economic problems of the country and Brexit needs to be concluded so that these can return to the mainstream of party politics.

  2. Robin Lambert

    Rubbish .The Gravytrain .Changeuk,a euphemism,will get No MEPs.. We Vote to leave the eUseless, so Our Parliaments Could pass Our Own Laws, and establishment Will rightly be Given a Kicking At Peterborough by election & General election.Lib-Lab-Cons-Green-snp are Not Centrist but A Capitalist Corporate Loving cabal of idiots…Troll on to oblivion,It Wont Work ..

  3. Patrick Newman

    Robin, I am hopeful you will eventually find your way to adult politics.

  4. Daniel

    So rather then work with other pro-EU parties to maximise their seats, they’re determined to split the vote… Just great…

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  6. Annie Hitch

    It’s a closed list system. If 3 parties formed an alliance and gained 2 seats how would they decide which parties’ candidates would get the seats and who would miss out?

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