As more and more Regretful Leavers now say, “Brexit is not what I wanted”, Andy, who created the @RemainerNow initiative, explains why he thought it was important to start hearing from them. PoliticsMeansPolitics.com will partner with @RemainerNow to bring you their testimonies.
Two weeks ago, former Justice minister Dr Phillip Lee resigned from government, saying, “If, in the future, I am to look my children in the eye and honestly say that I did my best for them I cannot, in all good conscience, support how our country’s current exit from the EU looks set to be delivered.”
This resonated so much with me. It was that same feeling that made me decide, back in December, that I must do much more to oppose the government’s current Brexit course, which I fear will be extremely damaging for my children’s futures (2 years and 1 month respectively).
As a result, I started a Twitter account called @RemainerNow. The purpose of it was simple. I had seen a lot of evidence of so many people who voted Leave whom, having seen that the Brexit reality was very different from what they thought they had voted for, had changed their minds on this vital issue, but journalists and MPs seemed to be implying no one had changed their minds. The reasons for them voting Leave and for changing their minds differ, but what they all have in common is that they are speaking out and saying, “Brexit is not what I wanted.”
When I started the account, I had no idea of where it would lead. I just wanted to help amplify their voices. The account now has a large following and the campaign has expanded into other activities. These include (but are not limited to):
Offering support to Regretful Leavers and letting them know they are not alone and building a community;
Encouraging Regretful Leavers to write to their MPs.
Helping get Regretful Leavers get articles published, like Josh’s article in The Independent.
We now also have a Facebook page and we will be launching a website in the near future.
We arranged an event where half a dozen Regretful Leavers went to Parliament to meet politicians and discuss their change of mind.
We helped put Regretful Leavers in touch with filmmakers who wanted to tell their stories, like Charlie’s story.
We arranged a get together for some of these Regretful Leavers at the People’s Vote March and me and a few others marched alongside them.
The campaign is now expanding off Twitter and social media into real life situations and many grassroot campaigners are now finding that there are just so many Leave voters who now want a change of course and a final people’s vote.
We have many other things planned to grow the campaign over the coming months.
Watch this space as @RemainerNow partners with PoliticsMeansPolitics.com to bring you the testimonies of Regretful Leavers in the weeks and months to come!🔷
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(This is an original piece, first published by the author in PoliticsMeansPolitics.com)