Posted October 10, 2019 11:20:37A former Australian and New Zealand prime minister, Helen Clark, has said she is not “sending the wrong message” to voters in New Zealand by voting to leave the EU.
Key points:Ms Clark has told Sky News that she is “not sending the wrong signal” by leaving the EU Ms Clark says the vote would be “very good for us”The former PM said she will not “be part of the UK and we are a good country”She told the BBC that her decision would “definitely” be a “very positive thing” for New Zealand and that she will “not be part of any political union”.
Ms Clark said her decision to stand as a Green in 2019 was “based on the principles that we hold”.
She said that “we have a great relationship with the UK”.
“I know the UK has the same values, we have the same principles that underpin those values, and that is the principles of democracy and freedom, of the rule of law and respect for the rule, liberty and equality of men and women.”
Ms Clark told Sky she had a “great relationship” with the Queen, Queen Elizabeth II and “the people of England” and that “it was the right thing for me to do”.
She added that she was “not a part of a political union with any country”.
“We have a strong relationship with our British friends and we have a relationship with New Zealand, so I don’t think that I am sending the right message,” she said.
“I am not going to be part, I am not sending a message of division, I don’t think it’s the right move to send a message.”
The former prime minister said she would “not have done it if it wasn’t for the Queen”.
“The Queen was very supportive of me,” she told Sky.
“It was a very difficult decision for me, but she supported me 100 per cent, so the decision was the correct one.”
Ms Clarke also said she did not regret her decision.
“There are a lot of people that are concerned about the Brexit process.
I am very happy to be a part, but I will not be part,” she added.”
But I think that what we are trying to do is try to keep the UK strong and stable and that’s the way I will vote.”
Ms Hunt, who was in New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly, was also in New Orleans to attend an event on Sunday.