EU Referendum

PPUK After the Brexit Referendum

Adrian Farrel's picture

Ahoy fellow Pirates.

Regardless of which way you voted, I'm sure you're tired of hearing about the referendum and plundering politicians but PPUK is impacted by many of the issues raised by the process and fact of Brexit.

Transparency in Campaigning

Both the Leave and Remain campaigns were based on lies and fear. Little concrete evidence was supplied and both sides of the debate can carry some blame despite the fact that real information and data was available to researchers. It seems as though the politicians and campaigners were more interested in stirring up emotional responses than in having a measured and constructive debate.

What treatment would we in PPUK like to see for those who lie on a public platform during a referendum campaign? How would we like to see the media held to account? How would we expect information to be presented to the public in future campaigns?

Ridiculing of "Experts"

During the campaign, Michael Gove said: "People in this country have had enough of experts" and this seemed to strike a chord across the voting public.

An Independent UK - What that means for wales

David Elston's picture

Wales has a very difficult time ahead. Naturally all EU funding possibilities for St Athan I have since abandoned or put on hold until new funding opportunities present themselves. Wales used to get more money out of the EU than it put in, even when you completely discount trade, as Wales is counted as either the first or second poorest area in the UK, depending on which measure is used, sometimes second to Cornwall.

The Welsh Government will have to negotiate hard over the formula with central government to ensure Wales continues to make this net gain in terms of payment; replacing the EU with England.

Many of our civil liberties and rights were inherited from the EU and we'll need strong Unions and people ready to fight to protect these when Parliament divorces from the EU. There is no guarantee these will be retained, even the EU laws which are enshrined in our own laws will be subject to review.


EU Referendum - Silence Broken

David Elston's picture

It's a miserable day down here in South Wales. Rain, then humidity, then more rain... warm rain at that.

Amongst it all, amazingly a man had cycled part way up the A48 with a gigantic “Vote Leave” banner and was standing in this sticky rain, in high-vis. I thought because he seemingly believed so strongly in getting us out being the right thing to do and he wanted to express that to others.


I parked up and took a bit of a walk over and asked with a smile “Hello. Are we voting Leave?” and we shared a laugh over the obvious answer.

I asked the man why and he had a three pronged approach:

  1. We aren't a self-respecting country
  2. We cannot control our own laws or taxes
  3. We cannot control our own boarders

I was a bit puzzled and asked... “...can't we?”. He explained the EU does all that. He further explained that because of the six presidents of the EU which I won't be able to name even one of them (I could and did but that's not important, his point was most people can't and I happen to agree there) we have given away our sovereignty and we have been defeated over 75~ times.

Party Backs #VotesAt16

Tuesday, 8 December, 2015 - 22:15

Pirate Party backs #VotesAt16 in the EU referendum and future elections

Today, the House of Commons blocked a Lords amendment to lower the voting age  to 16 for the forthcoming EU referendum. The Pirate Party regrets that  decision and backs the growing campaign to lower the voting age to 16  for the EU referendum and all future elections.

The EU - Where We Stand

Friday, 14 March, 2014 - 10:00

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye today reiterated the Pirate Party's position on Europe. In a statement in which he referred to the Pirate Party's long standing commitment to a Referendum on the UK's membership of the EU, as well as a commitment to retaining Pound Sterling as a currency, he laid out the need for debate on Europe. The Pirate Party will be standing candidates in the European Parliament Elections in May this year.

Loz Kaye said:

EU Referendum: Finding a way forward

Thursday, 16 May, 2013 - 12:45

Following days of turmoil in the Tory party on European issues, Conservative MP James Wharton has topped the private members bill ballot. He has confirmed that this will be used to introduce legislation for an EU referendum by 2017. Now this is firmly in the parliamentary timetable no party can ignore the increasing calls for the public to have a say on our future in Europe.

Pirate Party UK spokesperson Andy Halsall said:

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