We have already seen the devastating consequences of the Brexit referendum.
The economy is under threat; there is a total vacuum of political leadership; the public has never been so divided; and our children's futures hang in the balance. People were asked to vote without knowing what they were voting for. Only now are they discovering what might be in store.
Our leaders have wilfully abandoned their responsibilities; a path of fear and intolerance lies ahead; and we have doomed our neighbours in a time of increasing uncertainty and global chaos.
But this does not have to be our fate. Brexit is not inevitable. It is in our power to hold our politicians accountable.
Future generations will look back at this time as a pivotal moment in our nation's history and for Europe and for the world. We choose to stand on the right side of history.
We are a non-partisan coalition. We are of all ages and ethnicities and economic backgrounds. We are the future of Great Britain. We are here to fight the madness of Brexit.
A democracy is a system of healthy checks and balances, and there is nothing undemocratic about questioning an action that will have devastating and irreversible consequences on generations to come. In fact, it's pretty bloody patriotic to do so.
Do not let anyone silence you. Do not let anyone else be silenced.
The referendum was a critical process in our ongoing dialogue about the future of our country, but it should not be the final word. The debate must continue on something of such national importance.
When historians write this chapter of history, will they explain that this world-changing event occurred because of a political stunt gone wrong, or will they say it happened due to a deep process of national dialogue and careful planning?
The referendum result does not mean Britain has left the EU or even begun departure proceedings.
The vote was a non-binding, consultative referendum. Instead, by law, Britain only starts the process of leaving the EU when it activates a part of the EU treaty called Article 50. Article 50 is only activated when the UK government formally informs the EU's Council of Ministers that it intends to withdraw from the EU. Once Article 50 is invoked, Brexit is irreversible.
Once Article 50 is triggered, the UK will have two years to negotiate the "divorce" agreement with the EU (such as what to do about UK citizens living in other EU nations, and what to do about outstanding payments and a huge host of other issues). If the negotiations don't go well, the EU can force us to accept things as they stand by not extending the 2 year deadline (it can only be extended unanimously by all EU member states). In short, we lose a lot of power over the process once Article 50 is triggered.
The debate in the Conservative party right now is on when to trigger Article 50. Michael Gove suggested during the campaign that we could wait for around 2 years before triggering it, so that we would have time to get everything in order. Liam Fox has suggested triggering it in about 6 months, in January 2017.
Article 50 is currently not inevitable. Only if the government decides to trigger it will Brexit be inevitable. This means Brexit can be stopped if our politicians can be made to recognise the necessity of a rethink and further public consultation to stabilise the country - perhaps including through another referendum.
Tell us how you're feeling. Tell us what you think your MP should do. Tell us anything.
It's totally okay to disagree, but please remember that we're all in this together.
This website is administered by Andrea Dubé and Tom Hill. Andrea is a crisis management consultant with a background in political campaigning. Tom is an academic from King's College London and Columbia University.
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