Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Post Referendum thoughts

Those of us who believe our future lies in collective cooperation rather than individualistic nationalism, and think the wellbeing and reform of the EU is the single most important political issue of our time, need to start thinking about the longer game.
It’s no more anti-democratic to fight against the referendum result than it is to continue to be a Labour supporter after the Conservatives win a general election, or vice-versa. We need to mobilise to fight for an open, inclusive, European Britain.
Effectively we are now in a two party system incapable of representing this view. Both are split down the middle: 58% of conservatives voted to leave, 42% to remain; and 37% of labour voted to leave, 63% to remain.
Neither can therefore stand at the next general election on a strongly pro-European integration ticket - whether at the time of such an election this means reversing a process underway, or starting a new process to rebuild something lost.
Britain needs a new political structure. 
The Conservative and Labour parties must split along their European fault lines – pragmatic Labour MPs on the right joining with progressive Conservative MPs on the left to create a new centrist party – with economically sound, socially inclusive, and pro-European policies, either to join, or in coalition with, the Liberal Democrats – the only party committed to staying in the EU.
Were such a grouping to attract the votes of most of the 16 million who voted Remain it would win a landslide victory at the next general election. It took only 11.3 million Conservative votes to create a majority government in the last election, and the 17 million Leaver votes would likely split between the rump Labour and Conservative parties and the fringe extremists. 
I hope our current MPs have the courage to reshape politics in this way.
I pledge my vote in the next general election to whichever party is pro-European.