With the fact that we are leaving on 31 January now confirmed, we all have to consider what we do next and how to do it.

First published in January 2020.

Part of that process has to be analysis of what we got right and what we got wrong. Failure to be honest and self-critical will hamper us moving forward.

It is not abuse or attacking. It is actually what happens after every football match. We cannot do anything to prevent us repeating mistakes if we stick our fingers in our ears and pretend we are perfect.

I have organised and campaigned, and at times criticised things I thought were strategically wrong. I did all those things with the goal in mind and not for any personal reasons.

Everyone on Twitter gets to express their opinion.

If you disagree with an opinion, you are free to express that, but it is counterproductive to do so in an insulting or aggressive tone. Things are rarely black or white. There are many reasons why we didn’t manage to stop Brexit. Mistakes by the Remain movement contributed too.

Let’s be the adults in the room and show some courage, and look at where there needs to be change. It’s a long haul and it will only be longer if we don’t adapt our approach to the situation.

Remember: Discussion is not argument. Criticism is not abuse/attacking.

The best thing we can do now is identify the goal and then decide how best to reach it. We will be unsuccessful if we try to make the goal suit out actions.

If we get this right, we will be a political force to be reckoned with.🔷

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[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 23 January 2020, 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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