We've taken back control, but who have we given it to?
A scrutiny-shy government, unrepresentative MPs, and unaccountable money manipulating our politics.
Our government has too much power, and the Brexit process is handing them even more.
No one can claim to represent the people when they don’t talk to anyone about what their plan. But Theresa May is doing just that with her ‘behind closed doors’ Brexit plan. Triggering article 50 was the start, not the end of Brexit.
Last year people voted for more democracy, not less.
We need a Democratic Brexit, not an establishment Brexit. If the Prime Minister is serious about wanting to heal divisions in the country, she must put the people first. Taking back control doesn't that the government decides what's best for our future behind closed doors.
What’s at stake?
Brexit is a chance to reshape Britain for the many, not the few. But the establishment are already hijacking Brexit to keep their control.
The government is planning a new law to bring existing EU law into British law known as the Great Repeal Bill. But this threatens to grant the government an unprecedented level of unaccountable power - ministers will be handed extra powers to make changes to a huge range of laws, behind closed doors. We don’t believe people voted to take back control and hand it to the Westminster establishment.
That’s just the start - if we can’t hold the government to account on their new trade negotiations for example, our NHS might be put at risk from private American health companies.
What is a Democratic Brexit?
Brexit is about our future - we should help shape it. Exiting the EU is much more than a technical process. The demands we make and the things we prioritise will decide what kind of country we want to be. There hasn’t been a proper debate about what future we want for workers rights, the environment or trade deals since the referendum, but the government is using the vote to impose their own will on all of these.
A Democratic Brexit would mean a transparent plan, ways for the public to help set the negotiating principles and Parliament being given the information they need to properly scrutinise the process.
What can I do?
Sign our open letter to the government demanding a Democratic Brexit.