The challenges faced by the UK, following the June 2016 EU Referendum created a vacuum in political thinking.
Whilst politicians have waxed lyrical about how nothing will change for UK Citizens, the reality emerging reveals change beyond perhaps even that predicted by the so-called #ProjectFear!
Society is bound by law. Inter-connected societies are equally bound by law. The simplicity espoused by UK Politicians and some media-broadcasters, that everything is simple and can be changed, does not understand the methodology of law creation and the importance of how that law constructs and holds our society/societies together.
UK Politicians have provided simple statements to Consumers that nothing will change and that all laws and protections will be imported onto the UK Statute books. The problem with that statement is that because our laws are interconnected with the EU, becoming a third party country could mean that parts of those laws will fail because they rely on EU institutions to enforce or monitor standards; there has been no analysis of the effect of leaving the EU on laws and rights. Equally, there has been no analysis of how to not only protect Consumer Rights but to enhance the Consumer position.
Against this background, there is a need to look to the future.
Assuming that the UK leaves the UK either under a detached or no deal, there is a need to identify a method by which politicians promises can be delivered to benefit Consumers.
I have come to the conclusion that there is a need for a new Consumer-radicalism. That Consumer-radicalism should be designed around law and process to create a true inclusiveness and partnership with Industry, Government and Standards.
A week ago, I issued a joint-Press-Release calling for the beginning of a new Consumer-reality; a new Consumer-possibility. In that release, we called on the Prime-Minister to create a new Campaigners Minister, reporting to the Consumer Minister, providing a real opportunity for Victims, Survivors and Activists to be heard above the din of Industry. Despite this call, not one single member of government or politician has responded to our challenge for this new role in post-Brexit Britain.
Not deterred, I have drafted and created a new Bill - The Consumer Rights (Amendment) Act 2019. This draft Bill proposes a new partnership for Consumers, creating a new opportunity for Industry and government alike.
The radicalism I am proposing presents the best opportunity to hold fast to the political promises made on Consumer Rights, whilst maintaining the high standards in our future co-existence with the European Union. It also sends a message to the world, that Britain is open for business, but with high Standards along with the cooperation of Consumers.
Will politicians and some media-broadcasters now engage and recognise the need for sensible and constructive dialogue; we shall see?