About Brexit: a word by Secretary-General Antonella Valmorbida
The night of the results of the referendum on Brexit, I was in Kutaisi, Georgia. I was there for a training on civil society and local authorities’ cooperation. It was summertime. I remember the moment when we saw on the TV screen the result of the voting: “51.89% voted for Leave versus 48.11% for Remain”. We were all shocked.
Now, the other night, I must admit that the shock was even bigger, not only because the Brexit actually took place but because most of the Brexiters' reasoning made me realize how much we have been living a different movie, through all these years.
This makes me think that indeed, we too often give our own reasoning for granted since we tend to surround ourselves with people who think like us, instead of discussing with those who think differently. An overwhelming communication “without information” makes things even worse. I just don’t understand the reasons why the UK left the EU. And, if I try to understand why all this happened, it gets petrifying: to win “back” the right to take their own decisions, to recast themselves as the protagonists of their actions, to manage their money, to fight their own battles, to fight against a corrupt EU, to be masters of their own destiny.
Except that, nowadays, it is foolish to believe one can live in their own little corner of the universe. How can it be possible for highly educated people, global leaders that are constantly internationally exposed, to think that there is a place where one can “govern” alone?
ALDA has a few members in the UK and all of them are pro-Europe. We are part of many networks whose UK partners are active and leading forces. We want to continue working with them by all means. We want to be close and to expand our work, actions and mission together. We won’t let them down despite all circumstances: they proved to be active in engaging citizens for inclusive and successful communities.