Federal Union: Chairman’s 2019 Annual Report

Dear Fellow Federalist,

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Well, our system of Government in the U.K. is certainly broken and in need of repair, if not wholesale replacement. I, like you, believe that a written Federalist Constitution is the answer.

To this end, the Federal Union commissioned a paper on a Federalist Constitution for the United Kingdom from Dr Andrew Blick at Kings College, London (please see link * below). I have circulated this paper to politicians, political parties, the press, devolved governments and other organisations. I have received a number of positive responses. Over the coming year I will again target the press and interested parties to drive the message home.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Federal Union committee and individual members for providing valuable support and ideas over the year. At the last AGM Chris Powers was elected deputy Chair for European Issues. He has worked closely with the UEF and regularly attends their events on the continent. At this difficult time in the Brexit process, Chris has strongly advocated the Federal Union’s support for a Federal European Union. Lawrence Fullick, our tireless Treasurer, continues to diligently manage our stretched finances and to encourage younger members activities.

Our sister organisation, the Federal Trust, organises some excellent events. Brendan Donnelly, the organisation’s Director, continues to write some very insightful articles on Brexit. These can be found on the Federal Trust website.

This year our AGM will be held on Tuesday 8th October 2019 at Coventry University’s London Campus (Please see link *1 below). Dr Denis MacShane, Dr Andrew Blick and Brendan Donnelly will be discussing Brexit. The event will start at 17.30. RSVP to [email protected] or by phone on 0247 765 1102.

Finally, a plea with respect to funding. Please do ensure your membership fees are paid and any additional contributions will be gratefully received. I attach membership renewal/donation forms for your convenience. Please also encourage interest from potential new members.

With my very best wishes

Mark Paterson


*1 https://fedtrust.co.uk/never-ending-brexit/

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