24 June 2016 - The UK must remain an outward-looking country and an international leader against poverty and global threats following voters' historic decision to leave the European Union, Christian Aid said today.
“After a bruising campaign which has split the country down the middle it is now vital that we come together as a nation and recognise we are all part of a global human family,” said Loretta Minghella, Christian Aid’s Chief Executive.
"Leaving the EU must not mean turning our backs on the world, especially those in our world struggling to free themselves from poverty. The UK has long been a leader of global progress towards a world free from poverty and there is no reason why that should change now that it has voted to leave the EU,” she said.
"The UK is fundamentally an outward-looking country, strongly connected through trade, family ties, history, culture, travel and human decency to people in other countries around the world.”
She also cautioned that during the period of uncertainty when the UK is in transition to its new status outside of the European Union, the urgent needs of people living in poverty must not be forgotten.
“Even as the UK undergoes this momentous change, Christian Aid believes we must not forget people living in poverty around the world, many of them enduring violence, hunger and deep injustice,” added Ms Minghella.
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Notes to editors:
1. 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.
2. 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, and sustainably. Our strategy document ‘From Inspiration to Impact’ outlines how we set about this task.
3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development. Further details at http://actalliance.org
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5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid, visit www.christianaid.ie