For Britain is both honoured and delighted to be a member of the prestigious pan-European Identity & Democracy Party (formally the MENL Group), after being invited to apply in 2018, and formally accepted in January 2019. This is another stride in our very short history to putting us on the map, not just in the UK, but internationally as well.
The group contains parties with similar goals and ideals to our own, and it makes perfect sense for us to join up with like minded allies across the continent. For Britain believes Brexit is the start of a process to bring down the entire EU project and we firmly believe that our European culture and heritage must be preserved.
Janice Atkinson, Vice President of the Identity & Democracy Party proposed For Britain, and after membership was confirmed stated:
“I am delighted that For Britain has joined our pan-European party, the Movement for a Europe of Nations and Freedom (Identity & Democracy Party). It is important that the patriotic and right thinking parties of the European right join together to fight for our freedoms, national identity, borders, rule of law and history. We are winning elections, millions agree with us, we are the custodians of Europe and together we are stronger”.
Originally started in 2014 by Marine Le Pen, other members include the Freedom Party of Austria, Flemish Interest (Belgium), National Rally (France), The Blue Party (Germany), Northern League (Italy), Party for Freedom (Netherlands) and Congress of the New Right (Poland).
Party Leader Anne Marie Waters: “We are delighted and honoured to have been accepted into the Identity & Democracy Party – a group dedicated to the preservation of our wonderful European culture and values. For Britain is making our mark throughout the continent and our journey has only just begun”.
So what is the political programme of the group?
Respect for the principle of Democracy
The Identity & Democracy Party and its members have based their political project on adherence to democratic principles and the Charter of Fundamental Rights and they therefore reject any affiliation, past or present, and any connection with or sympathy for any authoritarian or totalitarian project.
The Identity & Democracy Party believes in the sovereignty of States and peoples and cooperation between nations. It therefore rejects all policies aiming to create a superstate or any other supranational entity. This opposition to any transfer of national sovereignty to supranational bodies and/or European institutions is one of the fundamental principles that unites the members of the Identity & Democracy Party.
The Identity & Democracy Party and MEPs have based their political alliance on the principle of preserving the identity of the peoples and nations of Europe and respecting the specific characteristics of those peoples. The right to control and regulate immigration is therefore a fundamental principle shared by all the members of the Identity & Democracy Party.
The members of the Identity & Democracy Party recognise everyone’s right to defend specific and unique economic, social, cultural and territorial models in Europe. The Identity & Democracy Party seeks to preserve the diversity of its members’ political projects.
The members of the Identity & Democracy Party have built their political movement on the defence of individual freedoms and they emphasise the particular importance of protecting freedom of expression, including digital freedom, which is today increasingly under threat.
Culture as the foundation of political action
The Identity & Democracy Party considers that culture is the very essence of all political action and that only a cultural and scientific education will enable citizens to develop a political consciousness.