- Mayoral candidate Jane Brophy has pledged to fight against Brexit in Greater Manchester's best interests.
- Mayoral candidate supports a referendum on the EU deal with Remain as an option.
- Brophy: "We will fight against this hard Brexit."
- Brophy: "Labour and Tories are blindly sleepwalking this country out of the EU with absolutely no consideration for local jobs here in Greater Manchester."
Jane Brophy, who is currently battling it out for Mayor of Greater Manchester, has pledged: "I am the only proudly pro-European candidate in this mayoral election and I will fight against the Government’s aggressive Brexit agenda every step of the way.'
As the historic court case over the EU referendum result continues, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester has said the 'fight for Greater Manchester's place in Europe is not over'.
Jane Brophy, who is running on an unapologetically pro-EU ticket, said: "Labour and Conservatives have lost sight and are blindly sleepwalking this country out of the EU and out of the single market with absolutely no consideration for local jobs here in Greater Manchester.
"When Britain voted, marginally, to leave, there was no opportunity to vote for a destination. There was no consideration for research currently funded by the EU, Universities that rely on our place in the EU, tackling air pollution, no say on how future trading relationships should be, or how we should work with other countries, and no say over things like criminal justice, law and order, ease of travel and health funding or climate change."
Jane Brophy will face competition from Andy Burnham (Labour), Sean Anstee (Conservatives), Shneur Odze (UKIP) and Deyika Nzeribe (Greens).
The Liberal Democrat candidate continued: “The Leave campaigns, that were littered with outright lies, provide absolutely no comfort to an already critically overstretched NHS, or Greater Manchester's plummeting air quality, or to any other of the countless industries that rely heavily on our close link with the EU.
“I have worked in the NHS all my life and we have not seen a single penny of that promised £350 million since our vote to Leave. In fact, we have seen further strain on our system, more stress on staff and draining resources.
"Nearly one in ten jobs in our region are linked to our trade with the EU, and I simply will not see the people of Greater Manchester left without an income because of this Government's aggressive Brexit agenda set purely to satisfy Nigel Farage.”
On 23rd June the UK voted narrowly to Leave with a result of 52% in favour of pulling out of the EU. However, many parts of Greater Manchester voted overwhelmingly to remain including Manchester, Cheadle, Stockport and Altrincham.
Jane Brophy added: "Britain voted for a departure, but we were not given an option on a destination.
"I believe passionately that we should have remained, but now that hasn't happened I will fight this Government every step of the way to make sure we get the best possible deal.
"When we finally know what that deal is, then the people of Greater Manchester must have a say, in the form of a referendum, on whether the deal they are offered out of the EU is the right one for them, their families, their communities and our region. If they don't think the deal is in our best interests then the option to Remain must be available.
"I will also campaign to give 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in this referendum because this will affect them the most. The fact that they weren't allowed to vote on the 23rd of June was frankly a scandal.
"Together, we will fight against this hard Brexit. The fight for Greater Manchester's place in Europe is not over.