5 pages for a new Britain: A manifesto for the democratic reform of post-Brexit Britain

Democracy
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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The political class, to the extent they accept that the Brexit vote occured, perceives it as a blip that must be navigated before the nation can return to business as usual – the liberal, centralised status quo that works perfectly for them and powerful lobby forces. 


Intentionally or not, the Conservative Party election slogan “Get Brexit Done” speaks to this perception. People that believe in Brexit see it as a modern day glorious revolution, they do not want to move on from it, they wish to fix it as the starting point for radical reform. It is also a great error to read the Brexit vote as a “vote of confidence in the British Parliament”, it was the opposite. 


The slogan ‘take back control’ resonated deeply for a reason. For 17.4 million people, the EU represented their isolation and powerlessness, as national direction was steered exclusively by cultural and political elites, in Westminster as well as Brussels. For many remain supporters that same frustration is now felt. 


Brexit is neither an issue of the left or right, but the product of decades of suppression of democracy by a system centuries out of date, set against the explosion of the information age.


That system must be cast aside, and a new one that works for every citizen put in its place. Brexit offers the greatest opportunity in living memory to remake Britain fit for the 21st century and deserving of the title of mother of democracies. 


By offering people a meaningful new settlement the country can be lifted to a distinctly different post-Brexit Britain. What comes after Brexit? Will it be business as usual? or do we have something radical to say. A new course to plot.


The ideas of democracy and subsidiarity transcend ‘left’ and ‘right’ or Brexit and Remain. They offer the ideal of citizens shaping the direction of their communities and nation each and every day. 

 

Read our proposals for the radical democratic reform of post-Brexit Britain here:

 

Read 5 pages for a new Britain:  A manifesto for the democratic reform of post-Brexit Britain