The big question was whether to exit. The bigger question is how to exit, for it will decide our future. No one disputes that we are at the crossroads – but which path to take, and what can we as citizens do at this point?
Until recently many were pressing for a more inclusive approach: to provide for all eventualities, defend our common interest, permit extension of negotiations, and allow us to consider other types of relation with the EU, measured against current arrangements. But then came the snap election.
May says the country is united behind Brexit. May says she is calling an election to unite Westminster. May says that otherwise parliamentary process – division and debate – will encourage EU negotiators to try and strike an unfavourable deal.
Others say the government is getting the election out of the way before we wake up (as early as the July budget) to the economic consequences of Brexit. They say an election landslide will paralyse scrutiny and give the next government a blank cheque to pursue Brexit at all costs.
May says she will countenance a vote in 2019: either accept the negotiated deal or leave with no deal. Either way, we look set to leave the customs union and our largest export market in the hope of a brighter free-trading future.
Others say the referendum did not give this government or the next government the mandate it seeks.
If all voices are to be heard on June 8th, the speed of the election must be met with an equivalent response. This includes tactical voting to support election candidates from across the board who want what is best for Britain, who question the democratic principle and economic prospects of what this government is proposing.
Brexit is a unique event in our island story, a momentous drama of people, politics and power. It requires our presence. Join us on May 2nd.