Report: Why we must make common ground with Leave voters

Speech by Hugo Dixon at March for Europe rally on September 3

We’ve lost a battle

But there are many more battles to come

We must not lose them all

To win, we will need to fight more smartly than we did in the past

We must understand why we lost

We had no vision for how Britain could lead Europe

We had no vision for how to make Britain better

We just had a boring case for the status quo

To understand why we lost, we have to reach out to Leave voters

To understand why many feel left behind and left out

To make common ground with them

Because there is much that unites us

We can make common ground on the need for a fair society

Where the economy works for ALL not just the few

Where migration works for ALL not just the few

The vast majority of the British people want that. We are a nation that wants unity not division. We want to share the fruits of progress.

We can make common ground on the need for an open society

Where we can trade freely with the world, not pull up the drawbridge

Where we work with our neighbours to solve common problems – tackling global warming, standing up to Putin, fighting terrorism and the causes of mass migration – not retreating into a shell

The vast majority of the British people want that. We are a people that rises to challenges, not shirks them.

We can make common ground on the need for fight xenophobia and racism

Because we are not a nation of racists.

And we can make common ground on the need for honest politics.

Because let’s face it. Nobody likes being lied to by politicians.

Nobody likes being told that an extra £350m a week is going to the NHS when it isn’t

Nobody likes being told that Turkey is about to join the EU when it isn’t

Nobody likes being told we are going to have an emergency budget when we’re not

Nobody likes being told that we will cut net migration to the tens of thousands when we’re not

Nobody likes being told tuition fees weren’t go up when they were

Nobody likes being told Saddam Hussein was going to nuke us when he wasn’t

The lies went stratospheric during the referendum campaign

But let’s be honest. The dishonesty wasn’t just on the Leave side. And it started long before the referendum.

We can make common ground with Leave voters on that

And if we can make common ground on all these things, maybe, just maybe, when Theresa May finally figures out what Brexit means, we can make common ground on whether we really want to leave the EU.

This is why I and a group of other concerned citizens have formed CommonGround. Join us. We need your energy. We need your help.