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STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES
Democracy Movement (DM) is a non-party campaign to defend liberal democracy in
Britain and across Europe.
Our vision instead is that of a Europe of Democracies whereby elected governments can co-operate together on issues transcending national boundaries where there is voluntary, common agreement. This objective will obviously entail radical changes either to the current structure of the EU or, failing that, to the relationship between Britain - perhaps together with other member states - and Brussels. Removing the EU's legal superiority over its member countries and making Europe's elected national parliaments legally supreme once again is a necessary first, if not sufficient, step towards a democratic re-Enlightenment in our continent.
This is why we are campaigning for - and will support in the in-out EU referendum David Cameron has promised - the UK to replace its EU membership with a positive new deal with the EU based on trade and co-operation - not outdated political centralisation.
Democracy Movement works with those who share our beliefs, of all political parties
and of none, without endorsing parties or individuals at elections, and alongside
groups in other European countries that share our aims.
Because of our commitment to diversity, democracy, and decentralisation in our continent, we consider ourselves to be the real pro-Europeans in this debate.
We believe that those who are trying to construct a pan-European government are working against the interests of all ordinary European people. The more decision-making is centralised in Brussels, the less voting power ordinary European citizens possess. The key contradiction of the EU project is that it seeks to concentrate ever more decision-making power in Brussels when single policies simply cannot suit the different, local needs and aspirations of Europe's diverse countries and people.
has never naturally been a single political entity and the various attempts to
impose an artificial unity upon it have ended in disaster: the empires of Charlemagne,
Napoleon and Hitler being examples. Europe's great cultural and economic advances
- the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution - took place when
and because our continent was a collection of diverse, competing entities free
from the suffocation of a single dominant ideology and corrupt centre of power.
view is that the current EU structure is a product of out-dated, top-down, technocratic
thinking from the first half of the 20th Century. The need now is for a lighter,
more flexible structure that combines the roles of the (non-EU) Council of Europe
and the European Free Trade Area. In the quickly-changing era of globalisation,
the emphasis must be on the ability of countries to adapt with speed to changing
circumstances, not creating enormous, slow-moving political structures.
The Democracy Movement is a large network of registered supporters and volunteer-run local branches, with a small full-time staff at its Campaign Centre in London. As a non-party pressure group, our primary activity is at the grass-roots, working to change opinion from the bottom up and direct pressure for change on political decision-makers. Across the country, branches arrange activities such as organised leafleting, street info stalls, public meetings & debates, lobbying, local media work as well as social and fundraising events. The DM is funded solely by the voluntary donations of supporters.
The DM works alongside groups similarly committed to challenging the current structure of the EU. In the eventuality of there being an in-out referendum on Britain's membership of the EU, the DM envisages forming a fundamental part of the official 'out' umbrella campaign that will be appointed by the Electoral Commission. A broad popular alliance including democrats from the left, centre and centre-right will be needed to safeguard liberal democracy and prevent further governance by an authoritarian Brussels-based government.
We will also continue to work with our allies in other European countries fighting similar battles.
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