This weekend, randomly-selected voters will meet to discuss the biggest constitutional question of our time. People want to be informed—and if politicians listen in, they could learn something tooby Darren Hughes / September 8, 2017 / Leave a comment
It is rare that something can bring together political figures as divergent as Stronger In chief Will Straw and Ukip’s Suzanne Evans, Remain’s Chuka Umunna and Labour Leave’s John Mills. It’s rarer still for them to come together on the issue of Brexit.
The referendum last June decided that the UK will leave the European Union. But debates since have given voters little opportunity to develop—never mind express—clear views on the form they want Brexit to take.
On the other side of the equation are the politicians. The EU barely came up in June’s election, yet parties are trying to speak with total authority on major constitutional and economic questions.
As we move forward, politicians and negotiators need insight into where public priorities really lie. Without clear signals from voters, it is a guessing game for all involved. Polls can offer some help—but it is worth looking for other solutions, too.
What is beginning to unite these two sides—the need for citizens to become fully informed about the options on the table, and the need to politicians to have a clear view on what voters really want—is a new approach.