Letter: EU referendum: Tackle the corporates

For Greens, the EU referendum debate must include a thorough discussion about tackling corporate power.
For Greens, the EU referendum debate must include a thorough discussion about tackling corporate power.

In a matter of weeks, all voters can go to the polls to decide if we want to remain in the European Union.

For Greens, the EU referendum debate must include a thorough discussion about tackling corporate power. The ‘leave’ campaign has offered no solutions to how the UK alone would succeed in ensuring multinational corporations do not abuse their position - when it comes to tax dodging, working conditions or environmental safeguards.

With large corporations operating freely across borders, we need EU-wide rules more than ever to protect the public interest. The EU is often ahead of the UK government on this - from capping bankers’ bonuses to introducing a ‘Robin Hood Tax’ on speculative financial transactions. In response to the tax dodging scandal exposed by the Panama Papers, the European Parliament launched a full investigation into the content of these leaked documents. Molly Scott Cato, Green Member of the European Parliament for the south west of England, has received the support of over half a million citizens on her petition urging EU institutions to prosecute banks that allow their clients hide assets in tax havens.

Greens hope that voters will take such matters into account when casting their ballot on June 23.

Dilys Cluer,

Scarborough and

Whitby Green Party,

Alexandra Park

Scarborough