Here we are now, all on the same side. It’s Christmas time, let’s aim for no ill will towards people who voted differently to us.
First published in December 2019.
Since last Thursday I have seen quite a few tweets from people not only resigned to Brexit, but who are now advocating the hardest possible Brexit so that those who voted for it finally understand or believe.
While I understand the logic and the emotion, it is not something I can personally endorse. The thing is, I didn’t fight Brexit to protect Remainers. I did it to protect everyone.
The consequences of leaving the EU are unavoidable. There is no need to wish the worst on people. Plus, as we have been saying for over three years, those who will suffer the most are those who already have so little.
It is Christmas time, and traditionally a time of goodwill to all men. Although it is an impossible ask this year, especially towards our new government, perhaps we could aim for no ill will towards people who voted differently to us.
The Brexit issue should never have been solved via a General Election, but we are where we are. The hard truth of the matter is that there are no sides anymore. We are all in this together.
Personally, my Christmas wish is that we have all been completely wrong about the impact of Brexit and that Boris Johnson will turn out to be one of the most unifying, moderate Prime Ministers ever.
But that won’t be the reality, sadly.
We want our opposition parties to work together and we have no faith in Johnson being able to heal the division – he won’t even try. So, perhaps we should be thinking about the future of our movement, and how it can become a force for good, for unity, for solidarity.
Can we think about ways to channel our anger and grief into something positive? All ideas welcome!
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