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MEP hoping for 'Remain alliance' to halt Brexit

Seat bid: Molly Scott Cato
Seat bid: Molly Scott Cato

By Tess de la Mare

Green MEP Molly Scott Cato is banking on a Remain alliance between Labour, the Liberal Democrats and her own party to put a stop to Brexit.

Despite apparent disagreement between Labour and the Lib Dems, the Green parliamentary candidate for Stroud thinks a strategy between Remainer MPs could soon come together.

She said: "I never thought Brexit was going to happen on October 31 - it was completely obvious we weren't ready and it was less likely to happen than on March 31."

Ms Scott Cato, who has been in the EU Parliament since 2014, is now making her second attempt at winning a seat in the House of Commons in a bid to help keep the UK in the EU.

"It the Tories win the election and then they will push through the nastiest, hardest sort of Brexit, so obviously that's why I'm back in the UK.

"I'm now standing in the election trying to get a Remain alliance organised, hopefully to take on the Tories and stop them winning a majority."

She refused to comment on the details of any alliance strategy, giving only a film reference: "The first rule of Fight Club..."

But she added: "What we want is MPs who want to stop Brexit.

"Parliament is now full of people who are too afraid to say what they really think about Brexit in both the two main parties.

"If we had 100 MPs who just said 'actually all I want to do is stop Brexit' you'd break up that deadlock in Parliament, and I think that's what we need to do, otherwise we're just going to get the same sort of zombie parliament returned.

"I can't tell you about that, but I think it might happen quite soon. I'm hoping. There are chats going on."

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