The most pressing political issue facing the UK at present is Brexit. Renew believes that the interests of the UK, and those of our EU expat family, friends and neighbours are better served by being part of the EU than by leaving it.
Given the current political situation, we would revoke Article 50 without delay. Revoking Art 50 is the only guaranteed way to avoid the current default outcome of ‘No Deal’, or ‘Brick-wall Brexit’, being realised on 12 April, something that would risk our jobs, security and national prosperity for generations to come.
Revoking Article 50 would defuse the ticking time-bomb under us and allow us to:
Reflect on the real causes of Brexit, the issues that drove millions of honest people to vote ‘Leave’ (brutal cuts to public services; a broken political system that ignores the voices of voters; lack of support for communities adapting to pressures of the global economy).
Reunite Leavers and Remainers around the common goal of finding workable solutions to those social problems, ensuring along the way that everyone developed a better understanding of the role local and national govt and the EU had in creating them.
Reform the political system so that in future every vote counts, no-one is left without a voice, and the two-party system is consigned to the dustbin of history, replaced by a more productive, consensus-based arrangement. We are not blind to the need for significant reform within the EU. Any organisation spanning 28 diverse nations will always require improvement. But we believe the right way to bring about that improvement is by staying inside the organisation and taking the role of a critical and insistent friend.
Rebuild our economy in a way that reigns-in the worst excesses of large corporations, ensures it is driven by long-term interests over short-term profiteering and that it better serves the needs of the public (patients, students, victims of crime, etc).
Revisit the question of our membership of the European Union within the next Parliament, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to choose which of two specific, defined and workable proposals is implemented (without delay).
Leave the lies and the divisions behind.
REVOKE | REFORM | REBUILD
In adopting this stance on Brexit, the Renew Party is aware it will attract accusations of being in some way anti-democratic. We entirely reject those accusations. With everything we now know about how the Leave campaign was run and about the failure of the Conservative government to agree on a model for Brexit even among its own Cabinet, it is clear that the case for Brexit has not been made. The principles of fairness and implied consent that sit at the heart of British life dictate that the people must be given the final say whether to accept whatever Brexit deal has been agreed or to retain our full membership of the EU.
Whatever the result of the current negotiations, the EU remains our largest and closest trading partner with whom we have considerable ties. A long-term goal of Renew is to ensure that this relationship remains friendly, integrated and collaborative for our society and our economic future. Renew will support the continued free movement of people between the UK and EU countries. Such free movement also benefits all UK citizens wishing to work, travel, live or retire throughout the EU. We will continue to work with the EU on international law and order in order to protect the safety and security of our nation.’