In 2016, the binary Brexit referendum polarised the British people by pitting Leavers against Remainers, with their campaigns reducing the arguments and provoking enmity on both sides. Now we are told that we have to choose between two terrible options, that the clock is ticking and we have a gun to our heads.
Why? Democracy is about voice as well as vote… and voice doesn’t mean name-calling, or shouting longer and louder than Them. It means participation, conversation, listening, learning, caring and sometimes even changing our minds.
This has been missing from the Brexit debate because our rulers knows that once democracy gets up and running, they may not be able to control the outcome either in maintaining or changing the status quo.
However, many leavers and remainers against the trend have thought for themselves. People active in My Life, My Say democracy days, the Cambridge Report of 2017, the Citizens Assembly on Brexit in Manchester have reached out to each other across the widening divide. In our Menus for Democracy below, we celebrate their initiatives and we do two things more.
In our OurBrexit blog, we call upon those lucky enough to have participated in such things to share with us what they discovered, what went well and what didn’t – so that we can build our skills for a progressive Brexit sequal that snatches a new way of doing democracy together from the jaws of this crisis.
And in our Menus for Democracy we begin to assemble an ascending scale of activity that we can begin to put into action anywhere and any time, to renew our democracies and bring about progressive change on the issues that matter to us.
Get in touch – tell us what you know – help us experiment – we’ll build our future better together.