A new petition has been launched calling for the creation of a Wessex Assembly. The petition, under the slogan of ‘Yes Wessex’ draws inspiration from the almost successful Scottish referendum on independence, and it's hoped its launch at a time when there is increased interest in regionalism will help further the calls for Wessex devolution. The petition coincides with the publication of Wessex Citizen, a new independent e-zine supportive of the Wessex Regionalists.
The petition which will be addressed to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet calls for Wessex people to have the right to decide their own destiny. In the statement to the Prime Minister it reads;
‘The referendum on Scottish independence completely opened the door for discussions on devolution to and within England. We believe such devolution should include democratically elected Assemblies for the regions of England, including Wessex. Furthermore we call for the same powers to be passed to a Wessex Assembly as those currently devolved to Scotland.
Wessex is a historic region with an increasing sense of its own culture and identity and possesses a population larger than that of both Wales and Scotland. Therefore a Wessex Assembly would improve representation and the democratic process. We also believe a structure of Regional Assemblies (including Wessex) would be successful, as has been proved with similar regional democracies in countries such as Germany with its Lander System and Switzerland with its Cantons. With these factors we believe the people of Wessex should be given the same democratic right to self-determination as the residents of Scotland and Wales. Such a settlement would therefore be part of any plans for devolution within England.
We call on central government to recognise and work with the people of Wessex to formulate a detailed proposal for a law-making Wessex Assembly, which can then be put to the electorate in a binding referendum’.
The organisers are calling for all those supportive of a Wessex Assembly to sign and share the petition with friends, politicians and campaign groups in a bid to try and convert the unconverted.
As a true, progressive regionalist party, the Wessex Regionalists do not have a singular goal of a Wessex Assembly. Our political programme is one based on delivering real social, economic and environmental justice of which devolution for Wessex is one important factor. If the Westminster-centric parties were to offer an assembly tomorrow, but continue to pull the strings, the democratic and decentralist benefits and opportunities for real change would be virtually non-existent.
Wessex does not need a Westminster puppet assembly or representatives elected who have one eye on London and a career seated on the green leather benches of the House of Commons. Hence the reason why Wessex not only needs its own elected assembly, but a party that will fight for the interests of the region. This is why as well as signing the petition, those supportive of social, economic and environmental justice in Wessex, should also consider joining the Wessex Regionalists!
The petition can be accessed via the Wessex Regionalists website at www.wessexregionalists.info/petition
Wessex Citizen can be read at https://issuu.com/wessexcitizen/docs/citizen_issue_1/
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