The last year was one of the most politically challenging in all my time in Westminster.
We experienced the ideological zealotry of three Brexiteer prime ministers, we are in the midst of a cost-of-living scandal and our environmental protections are under unprecedented attack. These crises are no coincidence. They are all in part caused, or at the very least made worse, by Brexit.
Throughout 2022 we watched the Brexiteer government use every excuse from the pandemic to the war in Ukraine to hide our country’s economic and environmental woes. They tabled the disastrous Retained EU Law Bill which, if passed, could lead to the removal of up to 4,000 EU laws that protect our environmental, food and safety standards. We have seen political leaders start a near Trade War with the Northern Ireland Protocol in its current form. All things that could have been prevented if voters had known how Brexit would affect them back in 2016.
The mainstream political conversation continues to centre around ‘making Brexit work’, but, as I’ve said before, this is fundamentally dishonest. Brexit was a historic mistake, and there's no way to make it work.
Our movement knows Brexit will never 'work'. This is why our movement is determined to rebuild the UK's relations with Europe and, in turn, the state of the country. Will you become a member and help?
The good news is that public opinion is with us. Poll after poll is now showing that a majority of people realise Brexit was the wrong decision– 56% according to YouGov’s latest data.
We’re winning the argument with people up and down the country, but there’s still a lot of work for us to do before this translates into real action. Over the next year, we must ensure our precious standards are protected, keep Europe front and centre in the national conversation, and build political pressure to undo the damage of Brexit in the run-up to a general election.
To do all this, we need a powerful movement behind us.
So, can I count on you to get on board as a member of this movement, so we can make a real impact over the coming months?
There are some big fights that lie ahead this year but, for the first time, I am feeling hopeful about our journey back to Europe. Given the trends that opinions on Brexit are on, I know that together we can reverse the calamity of Brexit.
Thank you for all your support over the last year in moving one step closer to making this a reality.
Caroline Lucas MP,
Vice President of European Movement UK
European Movement UK