Opinion

Britain needs an anti-Brexit alliance

LONDON — Britains next prime minister is in the process of being chosen by around 160,000 Conservative Party members — a self-selecting “selectorate” that is predominantly over 55, relatively wealthy, and, needless to say, not representative of the country.

When their chosen leader drags himself out of that toxic sludge, hes in for a shock.

Not only will he face a Conservative Party irrevocably divided at the grassroots level and a country poised to wreak revenge for the Brexit shambles at the first opportunity, but he will also face an anti-Brexit front more united than ever before.

Parties such as the Liberal Democrats, the Greens and Plaid Cymru are starting to work together for the greater good. Were putting aside our differences and focusing on doing everything collectively to stop a no-deal Brexit — and, indeed, to stop Brexit altogether.

In the upcoming Brecon and Radnorshire by-election, Welsh party Plaid Cymru has endorsed the Liberal Democrats because we offer the clearest chance of victory for pro-European voters. The Green Party has also decided to stand aside. That means anyone wanting to elect a candidate who is committed to stopping Brexit will be voting for the Lib Dems Jane Dodds, maximizing the chances of taking back this Welsh seat from the anti-European Tories.

The looming disaster of an ill-conceived and appallingly executed European exit should have brought us together sooner.

Its hard to overstate the significance of this alliance. The decision is a beacon of political pragmatism and principle in the current fog of cross-party rancor and offers a roadmap for building an effective anti-Brexit front that can save our country from lurching toward disaster.

In votes to come — for instance in a snap general election — it may not be the Greens and Plaid whose name is left off the ballot paper but my own partys, where other pro-EU parties stand a better chance of winning against Brexiteers.

The looming disaster of an ill-conceived and appallingly executed European exit should have brought us together sooner. These are extraordinary days in politics, which threaten the very future of our United Kingdom and the institutions we have fought to build and protect.

Faced with these challenges, we must realize collaboration is not a dirty word and seize this new momentum. Those of us in pro-European, internationalist parties can show how collaborative politics should be conducted in the 21st century — and save this country from destroying itself in the process.

The current turmoil in the Conservative and Labour parties may bring more MPs to join the Lib Dems; but it may also produce committed Conservatives and socialists who nonetheless wish to stand in defiance of their parties as part of a broad Remain alliance.

Brexit is the single biggest issue our country has faced in a generation […] if we cant come together for the greater good at a time like this, we never can.

The campaign group Best For Britain, under the leadership of Naomi Smith, continues to be inundated by people signing up to oppose Brexit in all its forms. They are demanding that politicians find ways of working together to break tRead More – Source