The election campaign period was exhausting. Now let’s make sure that we prevent the worst of the consequences.

First published in December 2019.

I have seen these same tweets Steve Bullock refers to, and I have to say how disappointed I am to see this unworkable idea revived. Not only is it giving false hope, it is also a message to EU citizens in the UK that their status isn’t a priority.

Yet, again, the ‘Remain’ movement is fighting an exceptionalist battle. I have even seen a petition for retaining Freedom of Movement for people who voted Remain!

Please, stop for one minute and think of the message you are sending to EU citizens in the UK, Brits in Europe, the #RemainerNow community, and those we may still convert.

I have also seen people saying that the gloves are off and that they can now insult Leave voters and don’t have to be nice to them anymore. The same people I saw insulting Leavers for over 3 years.

I have news for you, they already felt thoroughly insulted by Remainers.

The election campaign period was exhausting for me. I felt completely detached from the Remain movement as I took abuse from all sides. I was blocked on Twitter by people I considered allies. Insulted, called names and even had my fair share of targeted harassment. All because I promoted tactical voting.

I am not the most intelligent person, or the best political strategist, but even I could work out that neither Labour nor the LibDems would get an outright majority on their own. So what did the parties and some of their supporters do? They put their parties first. I cannot for the life of me work out why self-professed Remainers acted tribally instead of fighting all out for Remain. It was within our grasp. And now to see the blame being foisted everywhere without an iota of self-reflection is infuriating.

WE failed. We messed up.

So, please, stop the nonsense, and focus on what we can do now instead.

You have got a new MP. Write to them. Let them know that you expect them to deliver a Brexit that delivers all that was promised. Let them know that you will not accept no-deal. Write to them about the 5 million EU and UK citizens, the disabled, the poor, the NHS, the foodbanks, etc. Tell them you will not accept policies that make the situation worse. Tell them that you don’t want a stricter immigration system. That you want an end to the Hostile Environment.

Ask them how they intend to fulfil their promises. Keep writing. But for goodness sake, please show some solidarity with those most directly affected. For one minute, imagine how those petitions look to those they exclude.

Be angry, but use that anger for good. What is achieved by insulting those who voted for this? Sod all! Direct that energy at those in power.

We could have prevented this. We didn’t.

Now let’s make sure that we prevent the worst of the consequences.

One example of how that may be achieved is by joining the Labour Party right now. We need a decent opposition and electoral reform. We must be realistic that our chance of getting that with the two main parties as they currently are, is virtually nil. We should stop shouting from the sidelines and get stuck in to effect change.🔷

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[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 17 December 2019, with the author’s consent, with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.]

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