The immediate legacy of the referendum is a Dis-United Kingdom, split communities, eroded friendships, family rifts, and pervasive uncertainty.
Brexit’s biggest flaw is that its success hangs on the creativity and hard work of the young whose votes said clearly that they want to stay within EU.
Of those aged between 18 and 24, 71% voted to remain: amongst them, 80% of women opted for staying in the EU.
I suppose that most of us expect people with whom we interact to be reliable and worthy of our trust. Even if we don’t know them, we generally assume that they will do what they say they will do, they will be punctual, and they will behave honestly. We tend to...read more
A Tale of Two Cities The greatest threat to British democracy comes not from Moscow or Brussels but is “Made in England” Two extraordinary events, both centred in historical English provincial cities, have gripped the British public this March. First came the...read more
UK’s decision to leave the Single Market drives the EMA out of London In her letter of 29th March 2017 to Donald Tusk, notifying him of the UK’s intention to invoke Article 50 so as to set in motion its departure from the European Union, Theresa May stated that...read more
The Inherent Contradictions of May’s Mansion House Speeches Thinking that I was reading the speech on Brexit strategies that Theresa May delivered last Friday at the Mansion House in London, I found to my surprise that I had mistakenly opened the text of her oration...read more
It is about 40 minutes’ drive to the nearest cinema, so we seldom go to films. A few evenings ago, however, we went to watch The Darkest Hour, and we are very glad that we did. It provides an extraordinarily perceptive close-up view of Winston Churchill in his...read more
Boris’ Fantasy Speech (copied from London4Europe website – http://www.london4europe.co.uk/boris_fantasy_speech)
20 Feb, 2018 Sign the petition for Parliament to have the Option to Remain Our correspondent considers Boris Johnson’s fantasy speech and asks what we can do. Given the poor quality of the Leave arguments, Parliament must have the option to vote for us to...read more
To access the recording, spoken by Michael, click on this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6w5ptvdrv0b8lur/AMM_for_16M%26Rising.mp3?dl=0 The full broadcast can be found at: https://www.mixcloud.com/SixteenMillionRising/smr-ep17-go-west/ Our recording appears...read more
Healing Intergenerational Divisions
This site is about healing divisions, mainly within families, between friends and in communities. We focus especially on inter-generational divisions within those families in which the older generation voted to leave the EU and the younger generations opted to remain.
These are the most painful divisions because they damage the natural bonds between grandparents, parents and their children that hold families together: they mean that millions of young children are already growing up in divided families. But they are also the fault-lines that can be drawn together most readily as all those involved have a vested interest in family unity.
The first step in tackling this is through trying to restore intergenerational trust within divided households. This implies talking frankly about the problems faced by split families. It does not mean blaming grandparents or calling on them to renounce their beliefs and values, but simply inviting them to signal their respect for the aspirations of their young.
If this happens on a sufficient scale, our leaders will sense a mood change amongst older voters that will embolden them to think twice about the reckless course on which they are now embarked.
For more thoughts on this and how we might approach the healing process
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We know how difficult it is to start talking about these things, and that we have to learn from each other. This is why we have created this site as a place for sharing ideas, experiences and information between individuals, groups and campaigners.
Please chat with your family and friends about these thoughts and raise them for discussion with any groups that you are in. Please comment on this and tell us about the situations in your own families and communities and how they are being handled. Send us lots of stories, photos and videos that we can post here!