On June the 23rd 2016 the government of David Cameron finally fulfilled a pledge to hold a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union which he had arguably been gradually cornered into by the eurosceptic quarter of his Conservative party and the threatening rise of UKIP. The validity and applicability of the result of that referendum has been, and will continue to be argued back and forth for some time. As the result became clear it was hailed as an overwhelming victory for the Leave campaign, mandating the British government to begin the process of withdrawal from the EU. This appeared to be validated by Cameron when he stood on Downing St the following morning and announced his resignation as Prime Minister, effectively conceding a total defeat. Whoever was to take over the leadership of the Conservatives, and by default become PM, would have the heavy responsibility of implementing the Brexit mandate, the ‘will of the people’ as it has been so frequently lauded. And that is just the role that Theresa May has taken up. But the truth is that the only overwhelming feature of the result was its unexpected nature. Most pollsters and political commentators, even politicians, indeed even on the night of the 23rd, Nigel Farage himself, had expected a victory for Remain. But Leave’s win, surprising and shocking though indeed it was, was in fact only by a very narrow margin. The referendum revealed a nation divided, and not at all some kind of all-empowering mandate for an absolute reversal in the country’s relationship with Europe and the world. Continue reading “On Brexit and the future for federalism in the UK”
True democracy demands that decisions are made by representative groups of people with a clear understanding of the effects their decisions will have on ordinary people within the community.
This is currently not happening. MPs in Westminster do not represent the average people affected by a lot of the decisions they make, and they have little experience with the effects of the decisions they make on normal people.
It’s time to update our democracy.
We are fighting to bring real power back to where they naturally belong — your local community!
Our core beliefs:
- Decisions should be made locally to the people they affect
- Decisions are better made by people that understand and are affected by them themselves
- Local councils, cities and regions should have more power to make decisions on regional matters
- Westminster should be restricted to making decisions that affect all regions within the UK and should avoid making decisions where the majority of voting MPs are not affected by them.
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