Semi-autonomy from Whitehall
The British constitution is complicated, no longer fit for purpose and needs replacing. It certainly fails to meet the best interests of Yorkshire.
Under our proposals, Yorkshire would still be a part of the United Kingdom but decide on our own internal matters free of Whitehall’s domination. Nothing is new or particularly radical here. Australia, Germany, Switzerland, and other countries already have a decentralised system of Government.
Whitehall would still retain responsibility for such as foreign affairs and defence, but share responsibility for transport links, energy, and safety of the environment.
Yorkshire would have its own written constitution, with its own parliament, executive, municipal arrangements, system of taxation, police, and courts. Such changes will require the widest possible consultation, that should be headed in our view, by a Constitutional Convention made up of a sortition of members of the public.
The ability to set our own priorities from a local level and to raise our own taxes to pay for local services, independent of Whitehall dictate, would enable voters to make a genuine choice between local candidates and put the shaping of Yorkshires future, where it belongs, in the hands of Yorkshire men and women.