Brexit is happening: we need to get the best from it


Eastenders, House of Cards? Neither of them came close to 2016 when it came to plot twists, political intrigue and feuds.



It would probably be an understatement to say that the EU referendum caused some “disagreement” in the UK, it created the biggest family feud this country has seen for decades.

But it doesn’t have to be that way forever.  We’re now over six months on from the vote and it’s less than 12 weeks until Brexit negotiations begin. We need to move on and leave the drama behind  - time’s running short.

Like any good councillor will tell you, the first step in moving on is dealing with the problem and accepting a few things.

Firstly, Brexit is happening.

For those of you who voted remain - like I did - I’m afraid you will have to come to accept that. Many of you already have. Some still believe that it can be stopped. It can’t, it won’t, and it would be wrong to do so.

To those of you who voted leave, Brexit won’t be blocked: not by Parliament, not by the courts, not by anybody.  

Brexit is happening. It’s time to get the best from it.

Secondly – and I don’t expect this to be popular - Brexit could either be a complete dog’s dinner or a roaring success.

That’s a pretty wide range of outcomes, but let me explain. I’ve worked in politics before and I’ve seen how terrible decisions can come about because, simply, nobody bothered to check whether they were any good in the first place - either out of fear for upsetting those in power, or because of complacency.

Anyone remember the NHS the NHS reforms in 2012? Everyone just let the politician in charge get on with it and if you ask anyone working in the NHS I think they’ll agree it was a complete shambles.

The pasty tax? Who thought THAT was a good idea?

We need the government’s Brexit plan to be checked, checked and checked again (and once more for good measure) if it’s going to be the success we need it to be. I don’t know about you, but I don’t really trust any government right now to have the common-sense to do a good job on their own.

Let me repeat though, Brexit is happening.

Fighting for a smart deal is not the same as trying to stop it. In fact, it’s the opposite.

 We need to try and move past the arguments of last year. If we don’t, things could go very wrong.

Let’s crack on and work together. Because even though you might disagree with others about staying or leaving the EU, I guarantee you have more in common than you know about what we need to do now.

Do you want the best for the UK? I hope so.

Do you want your job and your livelihood secure? Surely, yes.

Do you want your NHS to be fully funded so we cut waiting times and make sure people get the life-saving treatment they need? Yup.

Do you want a fair immigration system that benefits our country, that you can trust, and means communities are given the money they need to deal with rising populations? Of course.

This is a vision of your future we can all share.

If you want the best from Brexit, we need to realise this sooner rather than later.

And here’s what politicians will never admit. When everything is up in the air, it’s the perfect opportunity for people like you and me to make a difference. It’s just a case of coming together and telling them what we want.

While you can skip forward or turn off the worlds of Ronnie and Roxie Mitchell if it’s all a bit much, we can’t with Brexit. 2017 is the year where we step out of the drama and into the real world so we all get the best from Brexit.

Join us.