Theresa needs to listen to Frank Field

May FieldIn the light of the current chaos in the Brexit negotiations, caused primarily by the decision by Theresa May to seek a mandate from the country back in June and compounded by her attempts to allow the DUP to prop up the Government, there is now a clear way forward for Theresa May and her Cabinet. They are unable to deliver Brexit on their own and the concerns being expressed by some sympathetic European leaders that if they treat us as a proper grown up nation, that we will fall apart means we need a radical change of direction. The first is to call a halt to the date of departure from the EU. We need at least another 6-12 months if we are to achieve a meaningful outcome. The EU will be bound to agree to this, in part because article 50 and the two year period were designed in a hypothetical environment. Two further steps are needed in the process that so far has hit the rocks. The first is an acknowledgement that if we are to leave the EU, the only way to achieve this in a meaningful way is for a Brexit cross party Cabinet to be formed. This was the proposal of Frank Field back in November and indeed many other people including myself much earlier in the Brexit cycle. This Cabinet needs to be made up of representatives of both Labour and Conservatives and also the three devolved nations as well as people from outside the political parties who understand the needs of business, the needs of communities and the needs of our public services. Both Lib Dems and Greens need to also be heard although they both oppose Brexit so their role may need some thought. The second is that we need a seperate group of people to determine a way of bringing our nation together. This will almost certainly require some form of consent to the proposals developed by the Brexit Cabinet. No one is suggesting that the referendum did not happen and that significant change is not needed. However with the nation split 50/50 in 2016 and now moving towards 40/60 with a majority in favour of remaining, we need to ensure that whatever outcome is achieved, that the nation will be comfortable with it.

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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