Two and a half years ago the UK saw the biggest democratic revolution of a generation.
The vote for Brexit had been a long time coming. Millions of our fellow citizens had been ignored and humiliated for decades.
Whatever you think of Brexit, even if you would like to stop it altogether, it is beholden on all of us to respond to that demand for political and social change. It is shocking that none of the political parties have systematically tried to do this.
This is why we are launching a major new publication: The Causes and Cures of Brexit.
The report brings together more than 20 short but compelling essays on why people voted for Brexit and what our collective response should be – looking at issues of economy, culture and democracy.
Thinkers and politicians have been drawn together from across progressive politics – Jon Trickett and Lisa Nandy from Labour, Caroline Lucas from the Green Party and the SNP’s Tommy Sheppard.
The cures recommended here – including Universal Basic Services and Income, a Green New Deal, proportional representation, pay ratios, addressing immigration at a regional level and many more – would help answer the call for greater control represented by the vote to leave.
If you’d like a hard copy of the report, as a member you can get one sent to you for free – just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can afford to donate to help cover our costs, we’d very much appreciate it.
We are hugely grateful to the Open Society Foundations and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung for their support for this project and to you, our members, for making all of our work possible.
We won’t reach a settled popular will on Brexit by either Remainers or Leavers beating the other side into submission; instead we must find values, ideas and policies that will heal our divided country.
The journey there starts here.
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