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Sharon Bowles MEP: Conservative and Labour MEPs threatening the economic stability of the city and the UK

September 29, 2011 2:04 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Ms Bowles, who was heavily involved in the negotiations on the economic governance package adopted by the European Parliament today, said:

"The UK is not an island in economic terms. Our economic fate is closely linked to what happens to the Euro. It is in the UK's interest to make sure that economic policy coordination across the Eurozone improves and quick and automatic sanctions are put in place for euro members flaunting fiscal rules."

"I've just returned from the IMF where there was fear of a global meltdown similar to that following the collapse of Lehman brothers, if the Euro crisis is not solved."

"Against this background Labour and Conservative MEPs who refused to back this common sense package have acted in a very irresponsible manner. Threatening the stability of the Eurozone is threatening economic recovery, and worse, in the UK."

Ms Bowles also accused Conservative MEPs who voted against the new rules for actively undermining the UK Government, which strongly supported the package adopted today in the Parliament.

She added: "How can George Osborne credibly call for better economic governance and tighter fiscal rules in the Eurozone when Conservative MEPs vote against such measures."