Republic is not a political party but a single-issue pressure group. We are part of a long-standing tradition of single-issue campaigns that includes Amnesty International, Stonewall, Greenpeace, Shelter, the Campaign for Freedom of Information and of course the Suffragettes.
Republic's aim is to change the nature of power in Britain, not win it for ourselves. The only realistic way of achieving the kind of change we call for is to build support within the existing political parties. It's extremely rare for single-issue parties to secure any meaningful power. The Green party has won just one seat in Westminster after 40 years of campaigning, while many campaign groups have achieved success, whether it's the environmental movement or campaigns highlighting civil liberties or political rights.
Standing in elections requires far greater resources with very few of the benefits of a broad campaign. Meanwhile by standing against other parties we would alienate a large base of support among their supporters.
We know that lots of people who support and vote for Labour, the Lib Dems, Conservatives, Greens, SNP, Plaid Cymru and UKIP support the abolition of the monarchy. We aim to draw on that existing support rather than splinter the movement by standing as a party ourselves.