There is a prevailing media view that all sensible and informed people oppose Brexit. It has even become quite commonplace to associate support for Brexit with low levels of education and intellect, and to claim that reason and thought inevitably lead to an anti-Brexit view. This is simply not true. Moreover, it is divisive and tends to undermine democratic legitimacy. Our aim is to provide a platform for informed analysis and for the expression of opinion which believes that the future welfare of Britain and Europe require that the choice made in the Referendum should be fully and positively carried out.
Most of the founders of this initiative voted for the UK to leave the EU. Our reasons for doing so are not identical and we come from different parts of the political spectrum. However, what has brought us together is a firm conviction that Brexit is about reasserting popular control over decision-making in the United Kingdom. We do not think control is a fantasy or a dream. Nor do we think it is worth sacrificing in exchange for EU membership. We believe not in the sovereignty of governments, which EU membership props up all too well, or of supra-national bodies, but in the sovereignty of the people. After a considerable amount of economic analysis we also do not feel that leaving the EU will be economically damaging, even though a degree of short-term disruption may well be involved.
We call ourselves ‘Briefings for Brexit’ because we aim to provide factual evidence and reasoned arguments. We believe that the people of Britain are fully capable of assessing information which is explained clearly and simply, and the spirit of this platform is to encourage debate and discussion. Groupthink and intellectual consensus characterizes the current debate around Brexit in the UK and abroad and our aim is to change this.