Under the section on ‘Progressing the Agenda’ on page 26 of the Harrogate Agenda pamphlet, it says:
One of those objectives, not explicitly stated, is the withdrawal of the UK from membership of the European Union. As it stands, the direct democracy embodied in THA is not compatible with membership of the EU.
The inception of the Harrogate Agenda was to campaign for a transformation in British democracy – namely bringing it about. It just so happens that democracy, real people power, is utterly incompatible with membership of the EU and its model of governance beyond accountability, which is why THA says it is necessary for the UK to leave the EU.
However, given the significantly changing pace and indeed face of the EU referendum debate, the Harrogate Agenda committee and advisory panel will meet in May to discuss formalising and increasing the link between THA and the EU Referendum issue, in order to give more prominence to campaigning for withdrawing from the EU.
In other words, although THA was not brought into being to fight for withdrawal from the EU, it is looking to re-focus its activity to achieve that end.
This does not mean THA will abandon its aim of demoratic reform in the UK. Far from it. Rather it is a recognition that before that can happen the UK needs to be free of the EU and we have a part to play in that.
To achieve that goal of leaving the EU there is a clear need for the anti-EU side to get all the help it can. Blogging supporters of THA have variously highlighted and lamented the shortcomings of the anti-EU side over months and years. Therefore the proposal being put before THA supporters – who are currently engaged in building the foundation of the movement before presenting it to the public – is that we now actively get involved in the game, that we devote our attention and focus on EU withdrawal, while formally bringing to it whatever philosophical and technical tools we can.
There are too many things that the public is not being told. There are too many Europhile lies going unchallenged. The media is awash with FUD, spin, deliberately sown confusion and ignorant commentary. Not enough is being done to provide voters with reassurance that leaving the EU can have positive benefits in addition to the UK governing itself and speaking with its own voice on the world stage.
It’s time to tackle and overcome those problems.
THA has something to contribute – not least Richard North’s outstanding, condensed FLexCit plan that provides a definitive roadmap for leaving the EU and dealing with expected stumbling blocks along the way. It’s time to get out of the stands, onto the field and energise the pro-independence side.