The referendum result showed us our country is split between those who value our EU membership and those wanting to shake things up and kick out at the current system.
What the referendum didn’t tell us was what people truly want to change – underlying grievances are varied and complex and must still be addressed.
We’re shaping a new deal for the nation to rebalance our society and show that the EU is part of this in its historic support for citizens’ rights, consumer rights, human rights and democratic representation.
UK’s role in the world
We believe the UK never truly lost its sovereignty nor core identity as it absorbed other cultures and peoples over the decade but we know many people have concerns. Renew is ready to engage on these complex and difficult issues so we can better understand how we got here and what we must do next.
We believe that Britain in Europe is Global Britain. The UK has long been a global player in world affairs, enhanced by our influential position in Europe. We now face a historic turning point that could see us unravel 40 years of development, both internally and externally and deprive all our citizens of great opportunity.
Our future and legacy are at stake. Renew is leading the charge to ensure we safeguard the interests of the entire nation. We know that we cannot retreat into isolation and must be at the heart of international decision-making so we can address our own interests and contribute to the common good. But we can only fully resume our role as a strong and reliable European and international partner if we start to address our internal crisis. And we are not the only ones; other nations and Europe as a whole must address profound questions about the way ahead.
At Renew, we believe the country needs to stop the Brexit process and restore our position in Europe as a full member so we can continue to share the benefits of cooperation and better address our problems at the national level. Brexit is further polarising the country, damaging our relationship with major allies, distracting us from renewing the country and hurting cooperation in vital areas.
- Pursuing Brexit – at what cost? The false promise of Brexit is now becoming clearer.
- We’re not gaining freedom, we’re losing freedom to live, work & travel easily and cheaply in Europe.
- We’re not gaining rights, we’re losing rights’ protections from the EU and our EU citizenship rights.
- We’re not taking back control, we’re losing control of decision-making in 40 EU agencies.
- We’re not gaining influence, we’re losing influence at the table with major world leaders.
- We’re not gaining trade, we’re losing trade with our biggest trading partners.
- We’re not gaining money for the NHS, we’re losing money as our growth is reduced.
How do we propose to stop Brexit?
- There is one group who have the right to change their minds about Brexit – the British people. Renew, like active campaign groups, is showing people they are free to express a change of heart or stand up for Remain. This is an acceptable, responsible and patriotic thing to do, now we know it will hurt everyone. Like them, we propose finding other solutions to their problems without leaving EU.
- There are no easy solutions for the way ahead – the Conservative government has placed us all in a difficult situation – but the least damaging by far, is to think again, and remain in the EU.
- We advocate a democratic process, based on concrete information.
- We propose putting Remain back as an option for both MPs and Lords when they debate the final deal, and allowing the British public to express their view based on new information, in a new vote.
- Voters were forced to make an existential and complicated decision for the country with little information on the impact or alternatives. A simple majority vote, in a mechanism designed to be advisory, did not reflect the gravity of the decision. Even 18 months later, after a botched negotiation process by the Conservative Government, people remain confused about the UK’s proposals. There is still lack of consensus all round, within parties, between parties, and among the country’s constituent parts. Many people are having second thoughts about the wisdom of Brexit.
- It is therefore right that once a final deal is clear, and as long as factual information is made available, voters can choose between Remain and reform, or the new proposals on the table. A new election may be called to try to settle the issue. Renew exists to fight and win hearts and minds, during that election or referendum.
- If we are successful, we will pivot back to the EU, repair our relations and fashion a new role for Britain in Europe that’s in line with our national vision. We will advocate reforms in a newly reinvigorated EU that is already responding to similar concerns across Europe about inequality, immigration, identity, people movements and security.