Kat Boettge is the East Midlands Green Party’s spokesperson on this referendum and their lead candidate for the next European elections. “I’m voting to stay in the EU because we need international solutions to many of the most important challenges we face including climate change, refugees fleeing war, reducing poverty and multinational corporations avoiding taxes” Kat Boettge Green Party European Lead Candidate for the East Midlands.
The Green Party supports the referendum as it gives the people a democratic voice; however, they do support the ‘in’ movement, but will continue to campaign for a reformed EU. Kat argues “we say yes to the referendum, yes to the EU and yes to reform. The EU lacks transparency and democratic representation, which needs changing. TTIP is an example of how the EU invites a corporate focus which benefits large companies, not the people. However, whilst the EU needs reforming, we think that working amongst our neighbours, across borders will help co-operation, peace and unity.”
“Our climate, the need for energy and wildlife do not have borders; it makes sense to address these across our borders. Additionally the EU has benefited us greatly; it has helped farmers, protected workers’ rights and it has allowed us all to live in any EU country we wish.”
Kat Boettge, East Midlands Green Party European Candidate says: “The EU might not be perfect, but as long as we remain a part of the EU we can fight for reform to make it more democratic, open and accountable to the people of a Britain within the European Union”.
Kat states “I fully appreciate that people are worried; we are living in very difficult times, people are struggling financially whilst the rich get richer; and our planet is being systematically destroyed.” The Green Party stands for social justice and environmental protection, which need to be our focus. She continues “That’s what attracted me to the Green Party. We have sound and do-able policies that would benefit society and the most vulnerable, whilst saving the only planet we have. The EU offers us an important platform to address inequality, to regulate the banking sector and to protect people’s rights, the environment and wildlife.”
Originally from Germany, Kat has lived in Nottingham for 16 years. She was the East Midlands Green Party lead candidate in the previous 2014 elections.
Kat is a single parent, and is working as a psychotherapist. She has had various positions within the Green Party, including being the previous regional chair, the national Green Party’s spokesperson for social care and a Town Councillor for Kimberley.