BREXIT was an issue that utterly dominated UK politics for the latter half of the 2010s.
The questions of whether the UK should stay or leave the bloc of European nations was only ever a surface level issue. The referendum and ensuing political chaos exposed deep divides across the nation and brought out some ugly resentments.
The issue of Brexit brought down two of the three most recent UK Prime Ministers from within their own party. Since the departures of Cameron and May, Boris Johnson has completely transformed his party into the party of Brexit, sidelining the once sizeable Europhile wing of the Tory party.
On the other side of the aisle, the Labour Party was also brought into disarray by the issue. Many longstanding Labour voting seats had overwhelmingly backed a leave vote in 2016 – despite the majority of Labour MPs being staunchly pro-Remain.
It was Labour’s pledge to hold a second referendum on the final Brexit deal – with the option of remaining if it were rejected – that likely sealed their fate for electoral catastrophe in 2019.
In the apocalyptic era of Covid-19, the rise of the Brexit issue seems like a distant memory. The UK has now severed its ties with the bloc, and neither of the major parties are advocating rejoining at the present moment in time…
Redaction Report is excited to announce the first ever Redaction Debate, which we aim to hold later this month.
The topic of the debate will be: Should the United Kingdom rejoin the European Union.
Arguing in favour will be the leader of the Rejoin EU Party Richard Hewison – who recently ran for London Mayor and finished eighth out of 20. His party also unsuccessfully contested the London Assembly elections, the Chesham and Amersham by-election and the Batley and Spen by-election.
Redaction Report‘s own Declan Carey will be speaking in opposition. He is a journalist and a long-standing regular on our show, most recently joining our co-editor James Moules to discuss the North-South divide in the UK back in April.
The debate will include a questions and answers session, in which the moderator will read out questions submitted by our readers and viewers. If you have a question on the topic of EU membership that you want to put to Richard and Declan, please submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org
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