DiEM25 and the UK Referendum
As the 23rd June Referendum approaches, the British people are being bombarded by a false dilemma between remaining in an undemocratic EU and leaving the EU in the false hope of restoring their democratic sovereignty outside it.
No one believes David Cameron’s claim (not even the PM himself!) that his recent Brussels deal has reformed the EU and has democratised its practices. Thus, the PM is, in essence, asking voters to surrender to today’s Brussels democracy-free zone because doing so is in the interests of the City, trade, Erasmus students, etc.
Equally hollow rings the Brexit camp’s promise of recovering democratic sovereignty through retreating into the cocoon of our nation-state while staying within Europe’s Single Market and yielding to the almost complete loss of sovereignty that the TTIP demands.
The 23rd June Referendum offers the people of Britain a real chance to reclaim their democracy. But to do this they must choose to stay in the EU and join forces with democrats from across the continent to democratise the EU.
Remaining in the EU out of inertia or fear would be a wasted opportunity, as it will continue Britain’s apathetic, grudging membership of the EU, which in turn leaves unchallenged Brussels’ deep contempt for democracy
Leaving the EU is equally hopeless because it will not only fail to restore sovereignty (courtesy of the Single Market and the impending TTIP) but also because it will accelerate the process of the EU’s disintegration. Rather than celebrating the demise of the EU’s problematic institutions, the people of Britain must consider the repercussions of this disintegration: The (already fragmenting) EU’s collapse will occasion a continental economic depression that is the best gift to the worst political forces around Europe. A frightful vortex will open up, a black hole of economic decline and toxic politics, the dire consequences of which the British people will not be able to escape even if outside the EU.
For these reasons, DiEM25, the Democracy in Europe Movement, calls upon British voters to reject both Mr Cameron’s Brussels fudge and the illusion that exit will empower British democracy.
DiEM25 invites the people of Britain to embrace a third course: A surge of democracy that penetrates EU institutions, against the will of its entrenched interests. Contrary to received wisdom, the EU’s democratisation is the sole route to returning greater sovereignty to the House of Commons.
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