Chairman’s Introduction

Dear Fellow Federalist,

It is a great honour to be elected Chairman of the Federal Union, an institution created in 1938 whose aims could not be more relevant today.

Britain does not have a codified constitution. The country has a series of laws and documents, dating from the Magna Carta of 1215. This flexible system of government has, to date, allowed for an incremental evolution of laws and traditions; adjusting to social, economic and political change.

From devolution to human-rights laws, the past 20 years have brought more constitutional changes than the previous 200 hundred years. The electorate has become less willing to defer to the elites. Brexit is leading to paralysis and disintegration. The existing system cannot cope.

Now is the time for public discussion and a constitutional convention, leading to a written federal constitution. I believe a formal federal structure, as opposed to further devolution, is the only way to keep the United Kingdom from splitting apart.

Amongst eurozone countries there is an urgent need to transfer competencies and sovereignty upwards to the EU level. Most importantly, there is a need to create a fiscal union to ensure the survival of the euro and future prosperity. Without a fiscal and banking union eurozone citizens, businesses and countries will continue to be starved of funds to invest in the future.

A fully integrated European defence force is the only way to efficiently ensure the EU’s defence and security needs are met. To this end, I welcome the European Commission’s European Defence Action Plan and the European Parliament resolution of 22 November 2016 on the European Defence Union, which introduce new initiatives on military co-ordination, funding and cybersecurity.

Over the coming months, I will be approaching a number of organisations and individuals to promote the Federal Union’s aims.

A plea with respect to funding. To pursue the aims of the Federal Union as actively as possible, we do need your financial support. It costs us approximately £1,800 a year to run the Federal Union, which is considerably more than we receive in income. Please do ensure your membership fees are paid and any additional contributions will be gratefully received. Please also encourage interest from potential new members.

Finally, I would like to thank Richard Laming, my predecessor, for leaving the organisation in such good shape; ready to meet the forthcoming challenge.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Paterson