After a good three years of working with PPI to try to resolve some of the issues both we and other members have had with that body, we've run into a bit of a wall. In short, reform of PPI has been slow to the point of non-existent. The problems we identified over the years remain far from solved and in some cases have become worse. This led to the board making it clear that they see PPI as an organisation that is at odds with our own party's principles. The NEC in turn discussed the current situation and the board's statement, and acted in the only appropriate way possible. They have withdrawn PPUK from PPI.
Last week, the NEC dispatched a letter informing PPI that Pirate Party UK would be leaving. The reasons given were clear:
The Board of PPUK has determined PPI is by its actions and deeds an organisation that is at odds with the principles of PPUK, following a vote between the 8th and 10th of February. At the meeting of the National Executive on Thursday 19th February we voted to follow the board's advice and end our relationship with PPI.
We will, of course, continue to work closely with our Pirate friends internationally to further concrete political action for the movement. But not as a member of PPI.