Layla Moran

Layla Moran: If you wish to Remain, there is only one party

Divorce is often a messy business but it does not have to be driven by discord.

Embracing change is often a good thing as it takes courage and bold initiatives. Living in a state of flux without knowing what the future holds is unproductive and raises the level of anxiety. We are in a state of flux over Brexit. The government seeks to sell it to us as a bold initiative, I beg to differ. The uncertainty is bad for business, bad for the NHS, bad for Universities, bad for immigrants, bad for job creation and just bad all round.    

To explore the difference all we have to do is look at what we know and what we don't. We do know that we have triggered article Article 50 and started Britain's divorce from the EU. Divorce is often a messy business but it does not have to be driven by discord. It could be a civilized dissolution of a  partnership of long standing. A soft Brexit as opposed to a hard Brexit. Something that we will look back on with pride. Something that we achieved by raising the bar, not lowering it.

What we don't know is practically everything else associated with Brexit as it has never happened before. The fall out could be catastrophic in the short term and damaging in the long term, if not handled properly. We need to be open about our aspirations, tolerant of our differences and united  in our approach. It is only then that we will succeed in our negotiations and achieve our goal of a viable Brexit. 

Nicola Blackwood is just wrong. She is wrong to not oppose a hard Brexit following the result of the EU referendum. She is wrong to not openly campaign for a soft Brexit. Oxford West and Abingdon are in the select top 20 target seats according to leading pro-European groups in the country. Voters are being asked to vote tactically to reject and eject MP's. We need the right people to steer us through a difficult situation who stick to their goals.

The current conservative rhetoric vilifies immigrants in an attempt to poach votes off UKIP. The prevailing climate and culture is insular and inward looking. An island which was once outward looking is driven by fear. This has resulted in a majority with a minority complex who see themselves as the victims of globalization. Small mindedness and mean spiritedness has never truly achieved greatness. We see this in the world around us where refugees are no longer seen as people seeking refuge. They are instead portrayed as a dangerous nuisance that must be contained. We are intolerant of differences and fail to see the richness of variety. This has led to a self fulfilling prophecy of fear, violence and destruction. We must break this cycle.

There are currently an estimated 3 million EU citizens living in the UK and an estimated 1 million UK citizens living in the EU. We look at our fellow citizens living overseas in personal terms, often in relation to their families. We identify with their losses and their pain. We worry about their losing their homes and communities. However, we tend to clump all EU citizens under one umbrella and dehumanize them. We fail to see their loss of livelihood. We do not comprehend their pain or distress. We do not see that they will leave their homes and neighborhoods where they have grown comfortable. This is wrong on so many levels. They are after all our colleagues, friends, husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends and neighbors. 

This is why we say if you want to remain in the EU or at least the single market we are your party of choice.

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