Our Party is a democratic deliberative and participative movement dedicated to a stronger UK in a united Europe and based on the principles of absolute inclusion, deep diversity, and the power of the best argument. We believe that our current institutions of government are in urgent need of radical revision if we, citizens of the UK, the EU, and the wider global civil society are to successfully meet the arduous challenges we face in the 21stCentury, and must therefore be re-formed on the basis of active participation, constructive cooperation, and reciprocal solidarity of all levels of government at local, regional, national, European, and Trans-Atlantic levels governance.
On the basis of these principles and policies, the Party aims to become the leading political force in the UK and to govern with the support, assistance, and trust of all British citizens in the various democratically-elected forums, assemblies, and parliaments at local, regional, national, British, and European levels of governance.
Our Europe is defined not by borders, belonging, or blood, but by the rights we all share and cherish together: the rights to dignity and justice we possess as human beings; the rights to freedom and participation that our institutions of governance must respect; and the rights to recognition, equality, fairness, and the rule of law we all must strive towards as individuals, communities, and governments across the entire continent - and beyond, across the Trans-Atlantic community we share with our North American friends and allies.
Today, we – free citizens of the European Union - are engaged in critical debates about how best to promote, protect, and preserve these rights all whilst attempting to come to terms with the profound shifts taking place both in our national polities and in the European public sphere. We are witnessing the emergence of a revolutionary unitas multiplexmulti-level system of governance combining an ‘ever closer union’ of the peoples of Europe with the utmost respect for the autonomy and diversity of all European cultures. The greatest challenge we face resides therefore in our capacity to visualize, accept, and actualize our shared capacity to re-form Europe’s networks of power towards the emerging post-Westphalian model currently taking shape in the Euro-Atlantic area. This model – more open, accountable, and democratic and more flexible, effective, and efficient – is alone capable of guaranteeing that the Europe we cherish and wish for ourselves and our children – will not only survive, but thrive and prosper in the challenging years and decades to come.
So how can we accomplish this historic task of transitioning from old to new systems of governance? Our civil society must shake off the pressures exerted on it by existing political and economic power structures and engage in directly deliberative debates, including all affected participants, who will reason together to identify available options and accept the power of the best argument. Such debates can no longer be allowed to be fragmented by national borders. They must take advantage of new tools of connectivity and communication to reach across political and cultural boundaries and encompass the entire European political sphere. The creation of a common, European demos, that does not subsume but actually liberates our national identities from the straight-jackets of their nation-states, is the necessary step that we all must take in order to bring about the changes we want. This would mean nothing less than the emergence of a Europe-wide social capital capable of uniting until now disparate national public spheres into a new, dynamic, determined, powerful constituency. This is how we will break through the current political and institutional deadlock at both national and European levels whose only real purpose is the maintenance of our national politicians’ powers, privileges, and positions.
We can successfully usher in such radical change in accordance with our principles and values only if we pursue peaceful and legitimate constitutional change across national borders, for all of Europe’s individuals and societies. There is only one European institution that meets these criteria and has the potential to generate a political legitimacy powerful enough to obtain the respect and cooperation of recalcitrant, resistant, and regressive national politicians. The European Parliament is the only transnational political institution capable of triggering a civic, democratic revolution that cannot be opposed or thwarted by national politicians whose own legitimacy rests on similar democratic principles, without undermining their own claim to legitimate power. It thus represents the singular and critical portal – the fulcrumallowing us a peaceful and legitimate access to the future we wish to shape, by using the holy Grail of any truly democratic society: the ballot box.
We firmly believes that there are five key steps we must take together over the next decade to achieve in practice such radical change:
First, we aim to become a transnational social activist movement based on our values, principles, and aims, that will generate grass-roots debates, activities, and projects throughout Europe and North America in order to act as the coalescing agent for both a specifically European demos and a wider, trans-Atlantic one.
Second, we are developing a political wing, based not on traditional political parties espousing old class ideologies of left and right, or identitarian markers of nationality and religion, but on a more open, inclusive, deliberative model focusing on legitimate, fair, and efficient solutions that actually work in practice.
Third, we have drafted a Manifesto for the next elections to the European Parliament in 2019; it is debating and discussing it widely, across all countries of the European Union; and using it as a platform for slates of candidates in each EU member state.
Fourth, our objective is to win a clear majority of seats in the European Parliament, demand the right to select all EU Commission members, as well as the European Council President and its Foreign Affairs Representative.
Fifth, our new, democratically-elected parliamentary majority of the European Union will adopt a triple-track approach to radical European institutional transformation by:
enacting all changes within the jurisdiction of the European Parliament and reinforcing its democratic and participative pan-European powers;
engaging in a longer-term process of negotiation with national governments of a Magna Carta for the 21stCentury – that will rebalance our current institutions of governance towards the multi-level unitas multiplex model discussed above; and
initiating NATO’s transformation from a military to a political organisation, capable of effectively addressing the issues that can only be solved at a trans-Atlantic level: common defence and security structures, resilient financial regulation, safe and secure access to media and information, as well as sustainable environmental standards.