Pirate Party UK believes that leaving the EU without a deal goes against our Party principles. In particular, we believe it would result in the likely degradation of civil liberties, particularly because of previous Tory campaigns to water down or replace the Human Rights Act and to dilute digital rights and freedoms granted through the EU, such as the protections of the GDPR. We also believe that we would lose important access to the scientific community in Europe through programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus.
In this particular election, we feel that the primary driver for voters is likely to be around our future relationship with the EU. As a party that has historically had differing views internally on our future relationship with the EU, we feel that we should allow our members to vote freely in this election for the parties and candidates they believe most represent their views on this single issue. Thus, rather than potentially splitting the vote, we have decided that we should not stand any Pirate Party candidates in this General Election, making it more likely that parties or candidates that seek a ‘no deal’ exit or have approaches that are incompatible with PPUK values will be defeated in this single-issue election.
So, the Pirate Party will not be standing any Party candidates during this forthcoming election. However, if some of our members wish to stand regardless, they are entitled to stand as Independents as is their right. Any members considering standing should get in touch with a member of the NEC for guidance, but standing as an Independent in this way will not be considered as incompatible with Party membership.
The Pirate Party is disappointed that Parliament has determined that the route to solving the Brexit deadlock is a General Election, because instead of laying out a vision for five years of government as a General Election is supposed to do, campaigning will likely be dominated by Brexit and related issues.
About the Pirate Party
The Pirate Party in the UK is a fledgling political party. It has fielded a few candidates in European and National elections, but like most small parties it is significantly constrained by the UK electoral system. Despite this, the Pirate Party has started to poll alongside major parties and is looking to build support from the grassroots. The party stood 10 candidates in the June 2017 General Election and briefly held 2 community councillors. Find out more about the UK Pirate Party on our website or contact [email protected]