WFD’s Governors have played an active part in that public debate, and our staff – EU nationals included – have held intensive private debates. One week on, we are focused on the future, and we are clear that WFD’s role in sharing Britain’s democratic experience will be more important than ever, in all parts of the world. The global challenges to stability and security have not changed and the support that WFD can provide will remain relevant. Our work to strengthen democratic practice has always been based on national or sub-national legislatures and political parties and on the diversity of the UK’s systems, with four nations, four parliaments and a capacity to adapt and respond to political, economic and social change that is possibly unmatched in the world.
It is too early to know what the detailed implications of Britain’s exit from the EU will be on our EU funding but the fact is that in any case we will continue to work closely with our European partners. We share with them a vision and a determination to invest in democracy and to share the lessons, good and bad, that we have learned together over centuries. This is a time for WFD to support an enhanced British contribution to democracy strengthening and we intend to rise to that challenge over the months and years to come.
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