Our current fund raising campaign is here on GoFundme.
We have fronted campaigns to stop the UK government’s intention to abuse its position as the executive and subvert the UK’s Sovereign Parliament together with people’s fundamental rights.
The significant, and ultimately conclusive, interventions we made in R vs Miller gave our Sovereign Parliament the opportunity to hold the government to account and uphold the UK’s system of democracy.
Our ability to continue this work teeters on a knife edge – limited, but of course very welcome, funding from our GoFundMe crowdfunder, barely enables us to continue and relies on the directors covering the shortfall.
This is how we are funded, we receive nothing from the big campaign groups, business, philanthropic bodies, political parties…
Without organisers there can be no effective campaign, without a client there can be no legal/judicial challenge.
We set up The People’s Challenge Ltd as a not-for-profit organisation and launched this GoFundMe appeal so that we can continue the work we started in order to avoid the national disaster that an increasing autocratic government seeks to impose on the UK & NI.
We use the money raised to:
– produce work that highlights how UK citizen’s fundamental rights and the UK’s Parliamentary democracy are being threatened by Brexit and the government’s dogmatic approach;
– extend the work we do with other organisations;
– produce further briefings for the public, parliamentarians and campaign organisations on the threats to fundamental citizenship rights and/or parliamentary sovereignty;
– make modest recompense for the time and effort expended by individuals on The People’s Challenge Ltd and cover the cost of the website, phone calls, mailings, travel, meetings…
We need your support for these essential activities – activities that any effective campaigning organisation must undertake. Without your backing, we cannot continue helping to give ordinary people a voice.
We aim to help people and parliamentarians see what’s going on, better understand what they are, or aren’t, being told, evaluate it, and decide what would constitute the best outcome for the UK.
Voter registration is crucial, the Electoral Commission estimates there are over 9 million eligible voters who are not registered or that their registration is not up-to-date. We will be publishing further articles on our blog and the social media between now and polling day
Following the passing of the Benn Act, there was much speculation about whether the government could use EU law, an Order in Council or the Civil Contingencies Act to frustrate Parliament. Using our own expertise and pulling together other material, we were able to contribute to the debate by showing that it wasn’t legal for the Government to ignore Parliament.
Many of these activities rely on us having the time and money to be able to expand the knowledge we have acquired over the past three and a half years and share that knowledge with our supporters and with other groups and organisations.
Of course, there has been a great deal of work promoting the challenges flowing from the ground-breaking work we did which led to the Three Knights Opinion. We didn’t take a position as a claimant or intervener in the successful Andy Wightman challenge on the revocability of the Article 50 notification. We judged, correctly, that there was nothing further that The People’s Challenge could add to the chances of success by doing so.
Nevertheless, the ruling from the CJEU that the notification could be unilaterally revoked justified the money we spent commissioning the Three Knights Opinion, and the time explaining why the challenge was essential and would be successful, From the Three Knights Opinion to the CJEU ruling on Article 50 – A long year’s journey into light.
We are working for the outcome that’s best for the future of the UK: an outcome in the national interest, which protects everyone’s fundamental citizenship rights; an outcome that ensures that Parliament and not the executive is sovereign, that shows the UK doesn’t need to leave the EU for Parliament to be in control.
That’s the only stance we take.