A UK Federation Of Regions and Nations
The fundamental reform we need to fix the United Kingdom
Modern democracy around the world is delivered to large populations with types of federation. In those large countries, smaller populations (as regions, states, länder, provinces, etc.) have a layer of democracy and decision-making to govern on more local issues.
This is sometimes called the subsidiarity principle – and we see it with Canada, USA, Spain, Germany and Australia, especially.
The UK desperately needs such reform. We already have three devolved areas – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – but the fourth nation, England, is too big, has too many people, to have only one parliament and government.
The arguments for and against devolution and federation for UK and a closer look at what this reform means as well as checking on some alternatives.
Taking Back Control
Brexit does not take back control for the English regions who overwhelmingly supported it. Only regional devolution puts power closer to the people.
UK has the most unequal regions in the West by quite a big margin. Better central funding helps but regional governments are the long-term solution.
PR is not a great system for very large electorates who only have one parliament to vote for. Federation enables PR.
The lop-sided nature of the union at present doesn’t do anyone any favours. But fixing it is the first step – not leaving it.
Resources, Information and Links
Information and resources about devolution, federalism and links to pro-federal publications, parties and organisations.