There is a very good chance that the party will only make it back into power after the UK has already left the EU. So let's work on new, progressive ideas for our new situationby Ellie Groves / November 1, 2017 / Leave a comment
That young people will be the most affected by Brexit, but overwhelmingly did not vote to leave the EU, remains one of the greatest political injustices of recent years. To make matters worse, we now appear to be flirting with the idea of a damaging “no deal” Brexit, led by a Conservative government which was also rejected by the overwhelming number of young people.
The Cameron Conservative government did not prepare for Brexit, going as far as to refuse studiously to plan for would happen if we woke up on June 24th with a vote to leave. May’s government then ran headlong into calling for Article 50—before immediately delaying any negotiations by calling an election, with the misguided intention of solidifying power.
So what should Labour—and those on the left who supported Remain—do with the situation presented to them with increasingly calamitous clarity every day? It is not good enough to hope for the best—that Brexit magically won’t happen.
It is also not enough to secretly hold out for the worst: that Brexit is so bad people throw their hands up and say they were wrong all along. While some hope that Labour could stop Brexit, there is a very good chance that the party will only make it back into power after the UK has already left the EU.
Labour prides itself on making things better for the country; it should not be sitting around wanting things to crash and burn but rather should be offering something positive.
Much of thinking on the old Remain side has so far, rightly, gone into how to make the case for a soft Brexit which would allow us to remain in various European institutions: the Single Market; the Customs Union; the ECJ. But the reality of Brexit is so much greater than a single continuum between “hard” and “soft.”
Labour needs to start thinking now about a vision for post-Brexit Britain which is not just about which shade of EU “membership” to have, but about how to build make the best of our new situation with fresh ideas.
For this reason, the Young Fabians have this week published a pamphlet laying out policy proposals for Jeremy Corbyn and his team to examine in the run up to Brexit,…