Two tribes go to work

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Following the EU referendum, there are, broadly speaking, four groups of people in the UK:

Group A – Hardcore Remain voters, who are not only unhappy with the result but are unwilling to accept the outcome and insist on either flinging insults at Leave voters or actively trying to overturn the result (or both).

Group B – Moderate Remain voters, who are disappointed with the result but are willing to respect the outcome and now want to ensure that any negative effects on a post-EU UK are minimised.

Group C – Hardcore Leave voters, who see this as an opportunity to gloat at their opponents, who don’t care about reconciliation and want to take this opportunity to impose their will on a post-EU Britain.

Group D – Moderate Leave voters, who are pleased to have won but recognise that they only have a slim majority, that there are a lot of people who disagreed with them, and that those views should still be heard.

Whichever way you voted in the referendum, I hope it’s obvious that the B and D “moderate” groups are the ones acting in the UK’s best interests (and, for that matter, the EU’s). Sensible, intelligent people need to cooperate to make sure that the UK’s relationship with the EU is renegotiated to provide the best possible outcome for all parties.

If you’re a Remain supporter, that’s obviously going to be sub-optimal to staying in, but it’s still possible to make the most of a less than ideal situation. If you voted Leave, then compromising on some of your ideals will be worth it to ensure a smooth transition to a post-EU Britain.

It’s time for the two sensible tribes to work together. Ignore the ranters and ravers, the xenophobes and anti-democrats, and concentrate on the future rather than the past. Our future depends on it.

  • James Herbert

    Where do Bregretters fit in?

  • Ray Bellis

    This is, IMHO, way too simplistic.

    There are _many_ people in your Group A who are not resorting to insults but who do believe firmly that the referendum result was obtained through lies and deception (sprinkled with a liberal dash of voter ignorance), and that being a _non-binding referendum_ we should not be doing anything rash on the basis of such a narrow margin.

    It’s offensive to lump all of those people together and claim that we don’t also have the country’s best interests at heart. I’ve had almost nothing else on my mind since Friday morning.

    You’ve also omitted:

    – those who wish they’d voted, but didn’t
    – those that voted Leave and now wish they hadn’t