With the negotiations for Brexit now underway, it seems this point may signal a pivotal period in shaping the outcome for the future after the agreement, as multiple influencers may strive to vocalise their opinions in their quest to productively impact the nation. Three Labour MPs have announced their desire to achieve this goal, creating a movement, spearheaded by themselves, striving to continue a key right the EU provides after Brexit: freedom of movement. Whilst these influencers may have accepted the referendum result, and the repercussions which may ultimately occur, they may simultaneously be prioritising extending the tenure of rights which may be part of the foundations of a stable continent and, in equally prioritising both sides, they may gain increased credibility for the movement, ultimately enabling their voices to be heard.
The ideology behind freedom of movement is providing all EU citizens with the right to move to, and work in, other countries, in order to provide everyone with an opportunity to increase their standard of living. The concept encompassing this right is included in the four freedoms of the EU, and as such seems to be one of the major principles behind its conception, as considering the union itself was created in the aftermath of the Allied victory, it may have acted as the catalyst in uniting Europe, and created stability as the necessity intensified. Yet, this area seemed to cause debate during the referendum, as whilst some vocalised the poignancy of this freedom, and how it signalled a fresh direction for Europe, others contrastingly seemed to be focussed on nationalistic tendencies. This may be the reasoning behind the campaign giving precedence to this area, as they may be striving to alter opinions.
The campaign to continue this right therefore seems to highlight the activists’ overarching ideology of continuing equality, which may ultimately provide prospects for all. The main instigators seem to be three Labour representatives: Clive Lewis, David Lammy and Geraint Davies, and their founding statement seemed to specifically link intrinsic Labour values to their goal. Yet, whilst aiming to resonate with Labour supporters, the campaign seems to have also attained the support of people from varying political backgrounds, including member from various trade unions, with these members becoming signatories. By bypassing differing backgrounds, including geographical, they may be honing their capabilities as politicians, as the ability to work alongside others may be pivotal, and may ultimately ensure a wider reach as people replicate their actions.
Whilst both the Conservative and Labour manifesto outlined their desire for a different possibility to freedom of movement, vocalising support for this option may result in a more achievable negotiating position for Britain, a position from which they may attain more benefits for the population. This may in turn produce a Brexit result which benefits the majority of the population, as both sides of referendum voters may be increasingly satisfied with the outcome, and the flexibility of these consequences may be key in creating a more stable future. With these benefits perhaps showcased, enhancing the credibility of the cause may be prioritised in order to get MP’s in power to recognise, and perhaps alter, the decisions outlined in their respective manifestos.
With the campaign aiming to continue the freedom of movement after Brexit, it seems those involved may be aiming to bypass differing political opinions to ensure an increased level of support, as this may be pivotal in influencing those involved in the negotiations to consider public opinion. Altering this, and amassing a wide range of support, may be key traits required to become an accomplished and successful politician, and proving these credentials may lead to an influx of votes in a potential quest for number 10. Ultimately, whilst freedom of movement may be one of the key debates surrounding Brexit, and amongst the pivotal ideological discussions in the lead up to the vote, this campaign may provide a voice for those who may be supportive of extending its tenure, whilst also enhancing the quest for a united Europe, leading to a more tolerant and proficient, society, which the rest of the globe may replicate.
How may continuing free movement generate increased support for Brexit?