UK Government will not achieve anything unless it works together

Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty was triggered today by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Britain's ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, has already hand-delivered the six page letter from May to the EU Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels to formally begin proceedings.

Today, in Prime Minister's Questions, the Commons had their chance to speak with the Prime Minister on what the letter contained and to raise their concerns.

Pirate Party UK Acting Leader, David A Elston said:

"Every political party with a presence in the House of Commons claims to have a clear plan for Brexit, but few speak with any real sense of proportion.

"All parties are throwing around statistics on what percent voted to leave, how many individuals voted to stay, that Scotland voted to remain, Wales voted out, London voted remain, but England as a whole wanted Brexit.

"Not a single party leader has been brave enough to state the reality of the situation, that the country's votes were very evenly split. An incredibly slim win for Brexit occurred and politicians are scared both of appearing to be sitting on the fence and of coming into conflict with their own party members.

"Leaders continually put appearing strong above providing any true representation of the public's views. Often, ill thought out and disproportional decisions are made and we will all have to pay for them. I expect that neither those who voted remain or those who voted leave will be satisfied with the government's performance.

"We must not forget that we are negotiating with Europe. We need a clear set of goals and proposals. We must know exactly what the public is willing to give ground on, we must understand exactly what is non-negotiable, and we must not forget what we have to gain, otherwise the referendum and the enormous amount of time and money already spent will have been completely wasted.

"Party Leaders need to stop chest-beating and come together. They have a responsibility to be open and transparent on the views our government will be taking to Brussels. The Pirate Party stands for participatory and evidence-based democracy, and that requires that the whole electorate be engaged in these discussions and be provided access to the information on and the objectives behind the negotiations."

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About Pirate Party UK

The Pirate Party in the UK is a fledgling political party. It has fielded a few candidates in European and National elections, but like most small parties it is significantly constrained by the UK electoral system. Despite this, the Pirate Party now has a representative in local government and is looking to build support from the grassroots.

Find out more about the UK Pirate Party at https://pirateparty.org.uk/ or contact campaigns@pirateparty.org.uk

Wednesday, 29 March, 2017 - 16:15
David A Elston

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