31 / 01 / 20
Phil Champain, Director the Faith & Belief Forum
Brexit is happening. How people view the significance of Britain’s exit from the European Union will differ greatly depending on which side of the debate they are on. However, we are entering a new phase.
The question of the UK’s future relationship with the EU still needs to be settled. But we can hopefully recognise the start of a new chapter and the need to find ways of shifting the labels of ‘Leavers’ and ‘Remainers’ that have so divided us.
Indeed, the last few years have witnessed increasing polarisation, fuelling emotional exchanges about identity and belonging. Now is the time for reconciliation and dialogue, to begin to build more understanding between our different social, cultural and political ‘tribes’.
As we politically leave the EU today there is an opportunity to bring fresh energy to the conversation about what this next chapter in Britain’s history should look like. What kind of country do we want to be? How do we build a nation where all feel welcome, where everyone feels they belong and has a stake in society? Where we can disagree well and constructively, and not let our differences divide us?
It’s important that all voices are heard in this conversation – people of all backgrounds, faiths and beliefs. We look forward to engaging in and supporting this process of building a more connected and inclusive Britain in the different locations where we work.