Developments since the 23 June referendum provide a strong case for allowing voters another opportunity to express their preferences regarding EU membership. A great deal is at stake and it is only right and proper that voters are able to state what they want to occur amongst the various options that actually present themselves – rather than having to choose between the hypothetical scenarios that were served up to them in June.
The chief developments are:
- The markets’ reaction to Brexit making clear the economic advantages to the UK of membership of the European Single Market.
- EU nations and institutions stating that membership of the European Single Market is ‘all or nothing’ i.e. it would involve the free movement of labour.
A second referendum could therefore be structured to reflect these realities. For example, the choices presented to voters could be:
(a) Remain a member of the EU.
(b) Leave the EU but remain a member of the European Single Market.
(c) Leave the EU and the European Single Market.
As an advisory referendum, the government could state in advance that, in the absence of a majority for (a) or (c), that it will adopt position (b) as being the closest to the general will of the people.
The starting point for this website is a set of non-doctrinaire, progressive principles that rationally underpin a political programme for the English nation at the current time. These are:
- Advocating the benefits of a market economy, trading freely with other nations, to bring prosperity to England.
- Having sound public finances and resilient banking and credit arrangements.
- Recognising the need for governmental intervention to rectify instances where the workings of the market economy are not bringing about what would commonly be regarded as optimum outcomes e.g.
- People facing considerable deprivation undeservedly.
- Inadequate provision of public goods: infrastructure, education etc.
- Excessive harm being done to the environment.
- Providing restitution to groupings or communities suffering significant negative consequences as the result of the workings of the market economy (even though these workings are creating a net benefit for the nation as a whole).
- Ensuring that the pace of economic or social change does not seriously outstrip the ability of people to make adjustments in their thinking and comprehension – thus avoiding social and political instability.
- Acting in partnership with the other nations of the British Isles to bring about mutual benefits without prejudicing the overall interests of the English nation.
- Providing security to people in a manner that preserves democracy and, to the maximum extent possible, protects individual liberties.
- Preventing any discrimination between English residents based on race, creed, gender, disability, sexuality, age or any other characteristic that is the basis for irrational prejudice.
- Promoting the creation and application of international law to provide security, preserve democracy or protect fundamental individual rights; including involvement in internationally agreed economic sanctions and military actions to uphold international law.