A congregation of people for SOLIDARITY and CONSCIENCE for LIFE
The Referendum and the European Union
30th June 2016
The Christian Democratic Party welcomes the result of the EU Referendum as the people of the United Kingdom have clearly indicated the future destiny of our country detached from the European Union. That decision must be respected and accepted, implemented with no backsliding or dilution, and handled with sensitivity, while recognising the trepidation of those who voted to remain and are worried for the future.
This has been a rare and wonderful example of direct democracy involving the whole eligible population and integral parts of the UK and Gibraltar. We are dismayed that political parties in certain parts of this jurisdiction are unable to accept the result for reasons of narrow national aspirations. This is opportunistic and demonstrates a wilful disregard for democratic principles, which is a feature of the EU institutions, and is one of the main reasons for people wanting to leave the EU.
We are equally dismayed by the EU elite who dismiss the decision of the British people and who resolutely refuse to recognise the concerns of European citizens. These concerns have been clearly expressed in this first counter-demonstration that we believe will be repeated in many other EU States. They deflect this by describing it as a crisis in the UK, when in fact it is a crisis for the EU. It derives from the intransigence of the intelligentsia who are wedded to the European Project that has never been endorsed by the people because they have been denied a say in its formation and development. The Project has deviated from the right to self-determination and the principle of subsidiarity enunciated in Catholic Social Teaching.
This elitism also pervades the British political class. Many of the people's representatives in the House of Commons are disconnected from the concerns of their constituents. Even now when they can have no doubt about the wishes of their communities, they remain obsessed with telling them they have made the wrong decision, seeking ways to obstruct their will and engineer a second referendum. It is a grave mistake that will further diminish their credibility.
The CDP is opposed to European integration that is stifling - but we support European solidarity founded on consensus, living in peace and harmony with our neighbours. The EU institutions must take seriously the genuine concerns of the common people and act to promote their well-being. Their failure to do this is a threat to the dignity of each human being. The EU Commission pursues a destructive population control agenda, promotes pornography and undermines the traditional family. This is a threat to European civilisation based on Christian principles and values.
We are committed to restoring the unity of our Country and co-operating with all European nations, so that collectively we can be a force for good in the world. This compels us in charity to aid the marginalised poor and help people to help themselves as we work for the Global Common Good.
The Christian Democratic Party has an independent and distinctive position about the United Kingdom's position in Europe. It is not part of any of the EU referendum campaigns, but has always been in favour of letting the people decide the issue and future direction of the European Community and its derivatives. The CDP will respect and accept the wishes of voters, without any reservations, in this unique demonstration of direct democracy.
Faced with the refusal of the EU Council of Leaders and the European Commission to reform the EU institutions and tackle the democratic deficit, and respond to the concerns that are widespread amongst all EU citizens, we are resigned to the position that there is no alternative but to Leave the European Union. The European Project is taking us towards a federal United States of Europe, with ever closer union and ever expanding boundaries, and is moving in the wrong direction. It does not have the consent of Europeans who have, whenever given the opportunity, tried to restrain this drift.
However, we believe that there must be an European-wide organisation arising out of a 'shared vision' - which might be the lowest common denominator - that everyone can agree with. This might be a European Commonwealth or a non-federal European Confederation of sovereign states acting on the basis of consensus.
Given the apocalyptic forecasts of the Remain campaign, we further believe, that a Leave vote result will be a catalyst for crisis negotiations being held that will result in serious reform proposals. Not just because of the UK vote, but also because of the demands from other European citizens for referenda in their own countries. The European elite are adamant that Out means Out, but history shows us they say they respect the will of voters then do not accept it. In due course UK voters will be asked to vote in a second referendum just like the Danes and Irish.