The news that Theresa and Jeremy have begun to meet, claiming to discuss a way forward that will work across their two large parties should be seen by many people who believe in a two party system as a very good thing. Yet ironically those people with a great deal of power and influence in the Tory Party are very angry. Their anger and some of their comments displays where their priorities lie. Many have nothing to fear from us departing from the EU without a deal thanks to their personal wealth which offers a lifetime of security and their connected-ness with international partners like Lynton Crosby, Trump’s contacts and many other people all who have a great deal to gain from us crashing out, and potentially bringing the EU down. So the two leaders meeting is a good thing, not just because it has revealed these concerns in public, but because it opens the door for a different approach for our Government to take. However a number of notes are missing and the ones I see include the SNP, Green Party and Plaid Cymru along with the DUP and Sinn Fein and potentially somebody from the UKIP part of the political world and then non party based groups such as the Voluntary Sector, FSB, CBI and Trade Unions.
However the fact is this is the wrong order and very bad timing. Some of these notes are no doubt the notes that Frank Field was referring to on 27th October 2017 when he spoke on Channel 4 about the need for the Tories to meet with Labour to come up with a coherent way forward. Now of course although I agree with Frank on this where we have a different opinion is regarding the nature of our relationship with the EU. Frank was speaking very clearly about the vote to leave the EU as being a clear way forward whereas now, 18 months later it appears that whilst many people do still want to leave, that in fact the views of the public appear to have changed and so the important element that needs to be added into this mix is the commitment to coming back to the public once the various notes have been heard. So in order to create time for these meetings to take place and for citizens jury’s and a referendum to be included in the mix we clearly need to revoke Article 50 or get an extension of up to 4 years for it! This may anger some people, but the reason that it is vital is that the Government has wasted nearly three years in its attempt to respond to an unexpected vote outcome in June 2016!