DIY Brexit A people powered plan that works for all of us
The plan so far
Since the referendum vote in June, 38 Degrees members have been drawing up a people-powered vision for what Brexit should look like.
Together we've prioritised the areas we care about most, including our NHS, the economy, and the environment, building a big, bold, positive vision that millions of us can support. Over 8 million votes have been cast on dozens of different ideas - and our plan is coming together.
You can see the results so far below - but this is just the start. For this to be the voice of the British people, we need everyone to pitch in to create a plan that belongs to every one of us. Read the list of demands for each priority area below and tell us what you think.
A huge majority of us believe the government's top priority during Brexit should be safeguarding the future of our NHS in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- Local NHS services must be protected - we should be able to reach a local hospital, GP surgery or clinic when we need to
- Local people should be given real power to shape the plans that affect their local NHS. In England, this means the government should release its 'sustainable transformation plans' for NHS services and give all of us a say in them
- Any new trade deals with other countries must protect the NHS from privatisation. Foreign private companies must not be given powers to force NHS privatisation (as was threatened by the TTIP trade deal)
- Any new immigration system should welcome new arrivals who will work for the NHS e.g. doctors, nurses and midwives
- EU citizens (from outside the UK) who work for the NHS should be allowed to stay and work for the NHS
- The NHS should remain free at the point of use for everyone in the UK
- Our nurses and doctors must be allowed to put patients first, not the interests of private companies. This means our NHS should be a public service, free from profit-making companies
- The NHS should be properly funded so that it can continue to provide the best healthcare possible
- Any money saved by no longer paying membership fees to the EU should go to the NHS. NHS funding should be protected whatever the economic impact of leaving the EU
We believe in an economy that provides opportunities for everyone. Regardless of how we voted in the EU referendum, we believe we are stronger if we have flourishing industries all over the UK.
- The government should reduce economic inequalities between different areas of the UK. This includes investing to improve job opportunities in areas of high unemployment and low pay, and ensuring no deprived areas lose out when EU funding is stopped
- It's not right that small businesses pay more tax than huge ones like Google. The government should make sure that the UK remains part of EU-wide measures to tackle tax dodging by big business
- The government should give more funding and extra powers to government bodies like HMRC and the Serious Fraud Office to crack down on tax dodging
- The government should put an end to exploitative 'zero-hours' contracts and improve protections for anyone doing temporary or part-time work
- The government should make sure businesses that make money in the UK support our public services and infrastructure through paying a fair amount of tax
- Any trade deals we make with other countries should not give foreign private companies the power to force privatisation of our NHS or other public services
- The government should make sure any UK businesses that get taken over by foreign owners are legally required to protect jobs, training and investment for people living and working in the UK
- Any new immigration system should welcome new arrivals with the skills to work in public services like our NHS e.g. doctors, nurses, midwives
- Any new immigration system should welcome highly skilled new arrivals who will help our economy flourish, e.g. scientists, doctors and engineers
- The government should crack down on employers failing to pay the minimum wage - with more frequent inspections and tougher penalties
- EU safety standards for products for sale in the UK (e.g. food, medicines, electronics) should be matched by the UK government
- The government should invest in British industries like manufacturing and information technology to grow the UK economy and help British businesses thrive. These investments should benefit small as well as big businesses
- The government should invest in green businesses and jobs like solar panels and wind farms to help create a low-carbon, more sustainable future
- The government should protect funding for areas of the economy currently supported by the EU like science, art and education
- It's not right for big business to pay lower rates of tax than ordinary UK citizens. The government should keep Corporation Tax at least at 20%
- The government should make sure that anyone who ends up on the breadline because of the economic disruption of Brexit gets the support they need, including more welfare support and re-training for people who are made unemployed
We believe that trade is essential to the UK - it makes the economy stronger and gives us the opportunity to show the world what Britain has to offer.
However, many recent trade deals have prioritised big business to the detriment of other things that matter - jobs, safety, and the environment. We should negotiate deals that put people, not big business first.
- We should rule out signing up to new trade deals that allow the sale of arms and weapons to countries which abuse human rights
- The UK must not be subject to the TTIP trade deal between the EU and the US (the dangerous EU-US trade deal that will put the profits of corporations over our well-being and rights), if it passes before the UK officially leaves the EU. Any deal we make with the EU must not make us subject to TTIP
- The UK must not be made subject to CETA, the Canadian-EU trade deal similar to TTIP, which puts the interests of corporations before people. If CETA passes before the UK leaves the EU, the deal must be put to a binding vote in Parliament
- Stop negotiating trade deals in secret. Negotiations should take place openly, with all key texts available to the public so that we can see what's on the table
- All trade deals must be subject to democratic approval - either a binding vote in Parliament or a referendum
- We should not sign up to any new trade deals which include powers for corporations to sue our governments in secret tribunals (known as investor-state dispute settlement clauses or ISDS)
- Trade deals should maintain current safety standards for products for sale in the UK (e.g. food, medicines, electronics). Our safety standards should not be relaxed if the country we are trading with has lower standards
- Our NHS is out of bounds for trade deals and must be ring-fenced from negotiations. Private companies based in other countries must not be given powers to force NHS and other public services privatisation (as was threatened by the TTIP trade deal)
- We should only sign up to trade deals that benefit everyone, not just big businesses. The government must consult with the public as well as businesses of all sizes before signing up to new trade deals
We believe that our rights make Britain a better place. They protect the values we care about such as fairness, dignity, equality and respect. Most importantly, these rights give each of us power and enable us to speak up and to challenge poor treatment from a public authority or private business.
- The government should regularly consult with employees and business to bring in new protections when needed e.g. new measures to ensure EU citizens (from outside the UK) living in the UK are not discriminated against
- The government should continue to protect human rights through the Human Rights Act, like our right to a fair trial and not to be tortured
- Laws that protect our rights should reflect the changing world e.g. out of date laws shouldn't allow the government to keep all our emails and text messages
- The government should put an end to exploitative 'zero-hours' contracts and improve protections for anyone doing temporary or part-time work
- The government should make sure everyone is treated equally by public authorities like the police. It's not right that disadvantaged young people get convicted for petty crimes while bankers who commit crimes get away scot-free
- Everyone should have access to courts and tribunals to enforce their rights. That means there should be no more cuts and no hikes in court fees
- Any UK business that gets taken over by foreign owners should be legally required to protect training and jobs for people living and working in the UK
- We should protect all rights people have at work, such as sick leave and fair working hours, by enshrining all current EU workers' protections into UK law
- All rights we have as shoppers and customers should be protected - such as the right to return faulty products or claim compensation if they cause damage or harm
- The EU laws that protect ordinary people from being exploited by dodgy businesses should be enshrined in UK law - e.g. rules around false advertising or hidden charges
- Dishonesty damages politics. Political Advertising should be held to at least as high a standard as other adverts. Give the Advertising Standards Authority the power to clamp down on dishonest political leaflets and adverts
- Our privacy online should be protected. All EU rules to protect us from surveillance and to stop private companies misusing our private data should be kept or improved
We believe in an immigration system that's fair. People who contribute to our society with their skills and hard work should be warmly welcomed. And we should also have a system that's transparent and treats people justly.
- When the UK leaves the EU, the government should introduce a new immigration system, which ensures that immigration benefits the UK as a whole
- The UK government should be able to introduce some rules about who can move to the UK from the EU, to make sure immigration benefits the UK as a whole. If this results in some restrictions on UK citizens' right to live and work in the EU, then that's ok
- EU citizens who already live in the UK should be able to stay when we leave the EU
- Any new immigration system should welcome new arrivals who will work in public services like the NHS. E.g. doctors, nurses, midwives, teachers
- Any new immigration system should welcome new arrivals with skills to help our economy flourish. E.g. scientists, doctors and engineers
- Any new immigration system should welcome Britain's fair share of refugees fleeing war or persecution
- Any new immigration system should introduce quotas for new arrivals working in low skilled jobs (e.g. manual/agricultural) to ensure the needs of employers and industry are balanced with other considerations such as housing and employment opportunities for people who already live here
- Any new immigration system should include extra checks and restrictions for arrivals with serious criminal records
- People who are unable to enter or stay in the UK should be treated fairly and with dignity. That means avoiding detention unless it is absolutely necessary and making sure conditions in detention centres treat people with respect and dignity
- Children should never be locked up for immigration reasons
- The government should do all it can to ensure that British citizens living in the EU or further afield should be able to stay when we leave the EU
- The government should negotiate to make sure British students have the right to live and study in the EU
- Any new immigration system should keep visa-free travel for shorter stays and holidays for EU citizens visiting the UK - in exchange for similar options for UK citizens visiting the EU
- All government ministers should pledge to promote a sensible debate about immigration, not to use inflammatory language, and not to make claims which aren't backed up by facts
- This issue is too important to be decided in back rooms by civil servants. The government should have an open debate and the new system must be subject to democratic approval - either a binding vote in Parliament or a referendum
- To ensure immigrants are treated fairly and with dignity (even when they are turned away), the government should protect everyone's human rights through the Human Rights Act
- Protect both UK citizens and immigrants from exploitative 'zero-hours' contracts and improve protections for anyone doing temporary or part-time work
- Create a special fund to help specific areas adapt to immigration and welcome immigrants. E.g. extra school places, language classes
- Make sure people earning minimum wage don't lose out because of immigration. Crackdown on employers failing to pay the minimum wage - with more frequent inspections and tougher penalties
One further statement has received a significant degree of support from 38 Degrees members, but too many members were unsure for it to be included at present as a principle. This statement read:
"EU citizens should be put ahead of non-EU citizens in the queue for job opportunities in the UK - in exchange for similar opportunities for UK citizens who want to work in the EU"
Many members were in favour of this principle, but similar number expressed the view that this principle might be a good one, but that it depended on other aspects of the overall Brexit deal.
Environment wildlife and farming
Our country is beautiful and full of natural wonders. But it's fragile and needs protecting so that our children and grandchildren have enough food to eat and a safe planet to live on. We believe that we should have a future where people and nature flourish together.
- Keep bee-killing pesticides off UK fields and match EU safety standards on pesticides
- Invest in green businesses and jobs to make sure British industry is best-placed to benefit from growing global demand for green energy
- Protect our wildlife, beaches and rivers. EU protections such as the Birds Directive, the Habitats Directive and the Bathing Waters Directive should be kept in UK law
- Invest in science and new technologies that help nature. To do this the government should research new ways of farming that benefit nature
- Bring in new laws to cut food waste by big supermarkets
- Stop handing subsidies to big oil companies. Invest in British-based renewable energy companies instead
- Scrap plans for an expensive nuclear energy plant at Hinkley Point. Invest in safer, cheaper green energy sources like offshore wind farms and solar panels instead
- Provide investment and support for British farms and fisheries. Support small farms and fisheries as well as big ones
- Encourage farmers to care for wildlife, soil, and rivers - provide the most investment to farms that take the best care of our countryside
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Stick to our carbon targets and sign up to the Paris Deal on climate change
- The UK must not be made subject to CETA, the Canadian-EU trade deal similar to TTIP, which puts the interests of corporations before people and the environment. If CETA passes before the UK leaves the EU, the deal must be put to a binding vote in Parliament
- Protect fish stocks and support British fisheries. Consult with fishermen and environmental experts to design a new fishing system
- Keep our food safe and GM-free. Match EU standards for food produced and consumed in the UK
- The UK must not be subject to the TTIP trade deal between the EU and the US (the dangerous trade deal that will put the profits of corporations over our environment), if it passes before the UK officially leaves the EU
- Ban the production and sale of products containing microbeads to protect our fish stocks and the marine environment