A second referendum now looks like the only way to break the deadlock in Parliament, but it also offers a vital chance to bring the country together around what is best for the UK’s future and its young people.
The Convention will prepare for what will be the most important public engagement of our times. Any new referendum campaign should be conducted in a radically different manner to the 2016 vote, with a new focus on the positive benefits of EU membership and free movement, as well as on the profound faults in British politics that have led to so much division and alienation.
The Convention will draw on new voices from within and outside Parliament, particularly focusing on new thinking by Caroline Lucas and other high profile speakers such as Carole Cadwalladr, James O’Brien, Fintan O’Toole, Ian Dunt, Jonathan Coe and Jarvis Cocker ; voices from all parties and from every corner of the UK and beyond. It will aim to make a critical intervention as MPs consider the Prime Minister’s deal in the following week.
We cannot go back, only forwards, which is why much of the event will be run by and for young people and with an emphasis on audience participation. This critical intervention seeks to support the principle of informed consent and promote the message that Britain has far more to gain than fear from a final say.
Only open debate can enlighten the nation and promote new thinking. The Convention is about people gathering to shape Britain’s future.