Brexit needs cooperation not conflict
Amid political disarray and confusion, Quakers, among many others, are turning to quiet reflection. Today (Friday) should have been the day that the UK left the European Union. But Parliament has not agreed the best way forward. Tonight, an online Europe-wide dispersed meeting for worship will mark the moment Brexit was expected to take place (midnight Brussels time).
The meeting for worship is neither pro nor anti-Brexit. It is being organised by the Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA), Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre and FWCC-Europe and Middle East Section (EMES) - Quaker
We needed leaders with integrity and courage, and we found leaders prepared to gamble with the well-being of the country- Jessica Metheringham, Quakers in Britain
Jessica Metheringham, Parliamentary Engagement Officer for Quakers in Britain has been following Brexit discussions closely. She writes, “The current political crisis is a failure of leadership right across UK politics. In both Parliament and Government we have seen a lack of forethought. Each move appears to be in reaction to current events, not a pre-considered strategy. We needed leaders with integrity and courage, and we found leaders prepared to gamble with the well-being of the country."
She reflects on what Quakers have to offer .
Jessica Metheringham suggests “I think the challenge is to be bold leaders in our own communities. It's for us each to consider what little extra we can do, and not to feel overwhelmed by the scale of the divide. I know some of us have started these conversations. Tonight many Quakers will be joining an online meeting for worship to mark the planned Brexit day, and out of the stillness hope to find a way forward for themselves. Remember that prayer is inseparable from action, and that out of worship comes witness. Let's start by opening our hearts and seeing what love can do."