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EU debate must consider Britain's role in tackling global poverty

29 April 2016 - Any debate around the UK’s future in the European Union must take into account the country’s role in fighting poverty and inequality across the world, Christian Aid says today. 

This follows comments made on Friday morning by UK Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, who spoke at the London Business School on ‘The UK’s place in the world and the EU referendum’.

During her address, Ms. Greening highlighted the importance of global partnerships when confronting ‘intractable problems’ such as the Syria and South Sudan conflicts, climate change and the recent Ebola outbreak.

In response Christine Allen, Director of Policy and Public Affairs for Christian Aid, said: “The debate around the EU referendum has too often focused on narrow self-interest. It is therefore refreshing that Secretary of State Justine Greening spoke this morning about the vote in the context of big global issues and the fight against global poverty.

“We know that issues such as conflict, transparency and climate change are root causes of poverty and transcend national boundaries. We agree that it is vital to work in partnership with others to work effectively together to address them.

“While the EU is just one of several global groupings that the UK is part of, it is important that people consider what will best enable the UK to play a leadership role in these areas when they cast their vote on 23 June. 

“We encourage people to ask how, in the event of either outcome, we can best encourage our government and other governments to hold firm to their commitments to global justice, peace and security, and poverty eradication, and to take them further still.”


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Notes to editors:

1. Christian Aid published a briefing paper this month, titled: “The EU and the fight against global poverty – some reflections from Christian Aid”.

2. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 40 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

3. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, sustainably. Our strategy document Partnership for Change explains how we set about this task.

4. Christian Aid is a member of ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development.

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6. For more information about the work of Christian Aid, visit http://www.christianaid.org.uk 

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