Brexit means that it’s time for voters to set aside traditional loyalties

Friday, 2nd June 2017

• RECENT polls have told us pretty consistently that Brexit is up there, with the NHS, as one of the top issues concerning people in the run-up to the general election. People are right to be worried.

The plunge in the pound over the past year is beginning to show in higher prices in the shops. A lot of people can see their jobs getting less secure. We can tell this isn’t the time to be jeopardising security co-operation with our European neighbours.

The break-up of the United Kingdom is an increasingly real possibility over the horizon. All this because a minority of the electorate voted, in a snapshot of opinion a year ago, for an undefined Brexit.

The election is about a lot of things besides Brexit, but Brexit affects pretty well everything.

The sheer cost of leaving the EU puts in doubt all big-spending promises. The expected hit to London’s economy will reduce the tax-take that funds all our crucial services, not just in London, but throughout the UK.

So how should we vote? Brexit is much bigger than traditional party politics, so we should set traditional loyalties aside. Her Majesty’s Opposition has offered no real opposition to the government’s narrow and reckless vision.

In Islington, the only mainstream candidates who have consistently represented the people’s opposition to Brexit are the Lib Dems and the Greens. They’re the only ones prepared to put some brake on this madness.

So anyone who’s worried about Brexit needs to vote with the people’s opposition: for either Keith Angus (Lib Dem) or Caroline Russell (Green) in Islington North, and either Alain Desmier (Lib Dem) or Benali Hamdache (Green) in Islington South.

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