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Strategies for Changing Minds on Brexit

As a business consultant and author of 12 books on leadership, I was asked to explain how a model for change offered valuable insights on how we might change minds on Brexit. The Gleicher formula offers a model for thinking about change. You can find a full treatment of the model and my modification in my 2016 book for Bloomsbury “Leading Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise“.

When applied to our strategy for change, some observations may be made:

A – CREATIVE TENSION Whereas there is massive creative tension (dissatisfaction) with the present situation re Brexit, it is by no means shared. Our fieldwork on the ground shows that many people who previously described themselves as remainers no longer believe that Brexit can or should be reversed. This is what I called “Learned Helplessness” in the book “Let’s Talk About Brex it“. For example many young people at the Reading Festival last week think that Brexit is irreversible. Some were surprised to learn that we are still attempting to renegotiate the Brexit deal as it has been airbrushed out of the media by all political parties.

ACTION : We must work on awareness that Brexit is not done, with individuals, communities and of course political parties. See communications strategies below.

B – SHARED VISION This is the area where Remainers struggle the most. There are multiple diagnoses of the routes to rejoin. Some think it can never be done, others think it will take 20-30 years, others much shorter timescales. Some think it can only be done by working on politicians, others on voting systems, others on the ground, and so on. A lack of leadership and shared vision is a hardy perennial in the Remain movement and our work on Scenarios to Rejoin could be used to help focus people on the more viable pathways to Rejoin.

ACTION : This is the most urgent area for attention. It requires leadership, strategy and structure. It is itself a major obstacle to progress. In the first instance, please join us every Monday to help refine our Scenarios for Rejoin. Longer term we must convert these into strategies and persuade leaders and opinion formers of the value of having a shared vision of the routes to Rejoin.

C – ACTIONABLE FIRST STEPS In the absence of a shared vision, we have a scattergun approach to C. Some say we cannot wait for strategy and we must do something, almost anything to change the situation. Others say we must wait for the needed clarity, yet it has not been forthcoming in the last five years. Purposeful action arises when there is clarity on item B. In the meantime our four objectives at Re-Boot Britain are a useful interim set of goals. Others have similar ambitions, expressed differently but there is good coherence amongst grassroots groups about what needs to be done. It is a case of gathering, harvesting and multiplying that work. Interim goals such as the Customs Union and Single Market may be stepping stones on the journey, but one must also be minded of the fact that such things will radically reduce the pool of people and interest groups that want Brexit stopped. For example, once industry is satisfied about the way things are, reclaiming the rights of 68 million people may be much more difficult. The goal of “logical incrementalism” versus an “all or nothing” strategy must be thought deeply about. Our Government understand this, hence attempts to buy off sectors with inducements, in order to reduce the pool of people who remain unhappy about Brexit. Play this forward five years and it is not clear that a Rejoin movement of any size would exist at all. The time is now in terms of working on all elements of the change model, even if some of the actions are preparatory.

ACTION : We can all act to call Brexit to account, by continuing the conversation about Brexit Carnage and the lack of benefits coming through. What are your top five daily actions as an individual? What can you do with others in your local area?

D – COST OF CHANGE Undoing something is always harder than doing it. As we diverge further from EU alignment, it becomes more and more difficult to Rejoin. This is perhaps one of the reasons why the Brexit ultras wish to do this. Never forget that Brexit was won on emotion and not a plethora of facts. Rejoiners need to think more about how we can talk Leave voters down from the mountain. At an individual level, the book Let’s Talk About Brex it is a how-to guide on changing beliefs and even identities on the Brexit debate. We plan a series of masterclasses on the processes of change. Join us every Monday via ZOOM to find out more.

ACTIONS : Your call

Please write to me to flesh this short piece out. I am happy to expand upon this article with your views.

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Defence Against The Dark Election Arts

I recently participated in an election. I lost. I expected to lose and was not troubled by it. But I was troubled by the way in which the electoral process was twisted, the lies that were told and the underground methods that were used to swing the result. It reminded me of the Brexit and Trump elections. Except this was not an election that really mattered. It was for the Branches Forum Chair for The European Movement. Yes, I hear you say. Who? Read on and learn from this cautionary tale of Defence Against The Dark Election Arts.

Prologue

The European Movement (EM) is a think tank / pressure group for our relationship with Europe. Up till 2016 it was a sleepy but steady membership movement with a worthy pedigree, having been started by Winston Churchill some 70 years ago. Since the Brexit referendum EM has been under pressure to perform more pro-actively and stepped up to the challenge with marches and other activities. This was not enough and more recently they appointed a new CEO, Anna Bird and a new Chair in the form of the marmite figure Lord Andrew Adonis. All the while the membership and executive have been divided on a number of issues and this division has grown and grown. These have revolved around the extent to which the movement is an elite think tank or whether it is a co-ordination hub for grassroots activities. This prompted someone called Richard Wilson to penetrate the Executive. Richard heads a micro organisation called Grassroots for Europe and is himself a controversial figure, who has not been universally welcome amongst the Exec Team. One described the move thus: “Imagine Bill Gates being allowed to join the board of Apple and then asking them to change the operating software – that’s what they are doing with G4E and Wilson”. This has promoted internecine warfare in what another described as an episode of “The Thick of it”. It seems that Andrew Adonis has been brought in to refocus EM, although his election margin was slim and one of his early decisions prompted a senior member of the organisation to whistleblow in The Sunday Express. At the same time, Richard Wilson appears to be seeking to take EM over and the CEO seems powerless or unwilling to act. This sets the context for our election shambles. Roy Motteram sums up the glorious history of the EM and the recent decline due to entryists in this Twitter thread:

Election Shambles

Several EM board members told me that what took place in the recent EM elections would look more at home in a rogue African state or North Korea. It began with the calling of the election itself. EM elections are normally coronations with only one candidate, but I had been encouraged to stand by a number of people, in order to address the “unfinished business” with leadership, strategy and structure. Concurrent with this, I had been representing my son, who was claiming constructive unfair dismissal in a dispute with EM CEO Anna Bird. We had made significant progress towards an agreement to end the dispute. As soon as I announced my candidacy, Ms Bird instructed lawyers to take the agreement off the table. Additionally, some new rules were added to the constitution, that prospective candidates could not have any conflicts of interest. It appeared that these events were concurrent with my candidacy and I gained the impression that they were created specifically around my personal circumstances. I had to pass back responsibility to my son for his own representation and leave him to conduct his own legal affairs whilst he should have been searching for a new job. Oh well, never mind.

As soon as this was sent the agreement was broken. Perhaps a coincidence?

Entryism

To sway the election towards the preferred candidate Yvonne Wancke, it seemed that Grassroots for Europe leader Richard Wilson insisted on giving voting rights to an affiliated group called Veterans for Europe. Since they have members across the geography of other voting groups, this would give them influence on the vote and, in some cases, voting rights by proxy. Unholy alliances were formed with other EM affiliate groups with larger memberships such as Oxford for Europe and Leeds for Europe. To the casual eye, these look like European Movement Branches but they are not.

In a bizarre twist of events, once the returning officer complained about several serious lapses in good practice, he was told he was unfit to continue running the election as he had “resigned”. This was not true and eventually the statement was successfully defeated, although several other attempts to overturn the process and the people were made. This culminated in a series of moves by various people who attempted to declare the election null and void and farcical counter-attacks by people operating on the other side, who said it was not. Over the period of one week from w/e 17 August I think I counted 5-6 occasions on when the election was OFF, then ON. I almost decided to run a sweep stake on the next cancellation and resurrection! Here is the “clarification” letter I received, which also includes some befuddling information about who was able to vote. This was to lead to the entryism and other breakdowns in the electoral process. Some of the “regulars” said that they did not recognise quite a few of those voting in the election and I requested the video file of the meeting to check. So far it has not been provided.

In the event, a third electoral candidate emerged who subsequently stood down, perhaps due to the dark arts. Around this time the election process was changed to preference voting. A further confusion was introduced when John Gaskell of Grassroots For Europe insisted to the Executive that the election was not for two months but for 14 months. This was not fully resolved and there should be further elections in November 2021, although my current assumption is that this was done in order to allow another election to take place if the result was not that which was desired. One of the Executive tried to get all the candidates to stand up against bad practice but largely failed. Here are the responses:

Smear campaign

The most disgraceful part of the election was a concerted and continuous smear campaign on the part of “Team Grassroots aka Team Yvonne”. I had maintained good communications with Yvonne Wancke, having worked with her previously on several projects and, whilst I do not believe Yvonne actively encouraged this campaign, she was made aware of it, refused to condemn it publicly and appeared to do nothing to stop it privately.

Letter from Yvonne

Eventually I had to issue a public statement on the matter but, by then, the damage was done.

Letter to EM Chairs
Defence Against The Dark Election Arts

Four separate pieces of information came to my attention over the final two weeks of the election:

A follow up letter from Colin Gordon just before purdah was announced which prevented making a reply to all those who had been contacted. I had fully explained answers to Colin’s questions, see FAQs This was sent to all 130 people eligible to vote, by which time the damage was done. Since that time Colin has made private requests by email and more public requests that the matter be airbrushed out of existence. Here is Colin’s letter sent to all eligible to vote.

A letter from Patrick Reynolds, John Gaskell, Colin Gordon (again), Chris Hammond and Robina Jacobson, all of whom are tied into Grassroots for Europe and some of whom are known as persistent agitators by the EM Executive. This was also sent to all 130 people for maximum impact. The impact was in fact to switch off many people from voting, what is commonly known as voter suppression. Paragraphs 4-5 below are directly targeted towards my candidacy and are untrue as outlined in my responses to Patrick. I tried to call Patrick on several occasions but he refused, stating that he had simply been annoyed that I’d used an abbreviation of his group’s name, commonly known as SSTIE, in our collaborative event. I would not have even known about this letter if it had not been for the fact that Patrick sent me a copy by mistake, as he did not realise I was a branch chair!!

Letter from SSTIE

I received information from a grassroots campaigner called Beth Linton that said I had organised a mass smearing campaign against Yvonne Wancke. When I asked for the evidence of the campaign none was forthcoming. When I asked to see the message I was told it could not be shared as it would be instantly recognisable as to who sent it. Eventually I managed to extract the syntax of what it said but it remains a mystery as to who sent it. Much of this messaging was done underground on WhatsApp etc.

“Just a heads up that Peter Cook is currently doing an online smear campaign against NE for Europe and our Chair Yvonne Wancke in particular”

In a similar vein and from a different source, this is completely untrue:

“Peter has only been a member of the EM for two months”

Inclusion

The EM had made a big fuss about the need for the election to be inclusive. Yet they refused to allow postal voting and only sent the invite out one day before the election at the height of the summer holidays on a Saturday afternoon. In the event, I have been contacted several times this week by people who either did not know there was an election, or, for whom the use of an online vote was too complicated for them to manage. See below:

Also I discovered I had inadvertently opted myself out from mail communication from the EM about 17 days ago.  Genuinely sorry you did not win.

I briefed my successor chair up to the hilt, including your reply on the fairness points which eclipsed the other two candidates. Unfortunately he failed to attend the meeting, blaming internet difficulties in his village in France. I’d reminded him the day before, so he could have asked me to fill in if he was aware of the problem. So our vote went to waste. I think the future of our movement lies outside EM anyway but sorry at how this turned out for you. Screw them in court!

Anna Bird was also advised that the database was not fit for purpose due to branch closures, membership changes and so on but she chose to continue with the election. The advice she was given proved to be correct. I was getting phone calls right up to the day of the election asking if there was an election. I have since had calls asking me what it was all about!

Last minute dot com

At 12.30 on the 4th September, I discovered that Richard Wilson had asked for the election to be cancelled. I was not party to the reasons why but can only conclude that he lacked confidence in Yvonne Wancke to win for him. This was misplaced and she won with a decisive majority. I wished Yvonne every success at the time of the election although I fear that the election has done nothing to deal with the underlying problems at The European Movement. A boil un-lanced and ignored just gets bigger and more toxic. As testament to this, here is one response to the EM from an eminent figure:

A boil un-lanced and ignored just gets bigger and more toxic.

The smearing continued after the election from members of NE4EU, Vets4EU and SODEM. I have concluded that The European Movement was not the organisation to take the lead in the fight against Brexit Chaos and to present a Pro-EU agenda at this time. I hope I am wrong. The movement contains many great members and the staff work extremely hard with limited resources, but something is afoot. I hope it can be resolved.

Coup D’etat?

This weekend, Lord Adonis conducts a Special General Meeting to amend elements of the EM constitution. I have received many communications to the effect that this is to be run along similar lines to the election, with the main purpose to be a power grab from the Executive. Hope is not a strategy but let us hope I am wrong. I wish them well, as without a centre we have no powers of multiplication of our efforts to Re-Boot Britain. You may be thinking about a dark motive in my writing of this article, as Colin Gordon said to me “Try to lose gracefully”. However, I am not a sad loser, as I never really went into the election expecting to win. I am however sad about the processes that were used, in contrast to the espoused values of The European Movement. I have a serious loss of faith and now know why Remain lost three times. I wish them well into the future and hope they will learn and improve from this moment. I fully stand by the comments I made about Lord Adonis. A good board member often acts as a “critical friend” rather than a “friendly co-pilot”. Roy Motteram nails it again and just for the record, here is my statement about Lord Adonis.

Sunday Express
From The Sunday Express article
Defence Against The Dark Election Arts

AC Grayling

REJOIN, REJOICE, RE-BOOT

Today WED 8th September marks our masterclass with Professor AC Grayling on Rejoining the EU at 7 pm BST.

Please join us via Eventbrite.

Anthony Grayling is the author of about 30 books on philosophy, biography, history of ideas, human rights and ethics, including The Refutation of Scepticism (1985), The Future of Moral Values (1997), Wittgenstein (1992), What Is Good? (2000), The Meaning of Things (2001), The Good Book (2011), The God Argument (2013), The Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind (2016) and Democracy and its Crises (2017).

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He has been a stalwart campaigner for our continuing membership of the European Union. Join us for this unique event. Professor Grayling will speak for 40 minutes, then 20 minutes for question followed by a facilitated event to digest the lessons from his talk.

A lot of school rules did not seen logical to me. I didn’t always conform

The event is co-promoted by Re-Boot Britain, Mid Kent European Movement, East Kent European Movement, Alliance4Europe and The Rejoin Party .

Alliance4Europe is a non-profit working to activate citizens for a more democratic, inclusive and sustainable Europe. It builds coalitions for pro-European action for more impactful campaigning. Omri Preiss is a co-founder and managing director of A4E, with a background in EU policy-making and human rights advocacy.

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Routes to Rejoin EU 2021-2031

Here are our first cut stories from our Scenarios to Rejoin exercise.  We are still working on these and you can join in every Monday at 8 pm via ZOOM. So far we have four thematic stories which may end up mixing and intermingling but at present are separate:

Bluff, Bluster and Bust – predominantly macro-economic

Breadline Britain – predominantly socio-economic

The Empire Strikes Back – predominantly political 

The Eye of the Irish Tiger – predominantly global but focused on the post Brexit world outside Albion, so not exclusively Ireland, more a competitive scenario as to how the world responds to Brexit especially near neighbours

I’ve yet to capture some of the other scenarios – environmental and long range legal stuff.  But we have made huge progress down to your efforts.  Please get in touch to add your fingerprints to the work.

Please be kind. These are by no means finished and need your input.

Bluff, Bluster and Bust 

London made a bid for independence in 2030 as news that the UK economy slipped from No 4 in 2015 to No 11. This had been preceded in 2029 after the UK Brexit economy finally tanked.  The Sun reported the headline “England sick as a Brexit dog”.   

The rot had started much much earlier, when Rishi Sunak removed the triple pension lock in 2022. This produced a generation of pensioners that were effectively living on the breadline, unable to support children and grandchildren, selling off their homes to pay for retirement and care homes.  This was compounded by stagflation due to Brexit, as wages levelled off and National Insurance increased.  Working people struggled to get well-paid jobs.  Brexit economists struggled to find diversions to point the finger for Britain’s problems elsewhere but the underlying logic of high structural costs and declining economic activity defined our early years of so-called freedom.  Things became so bad in 2024 that some people in UK insist on being paid in Euros.  The Lugano Convention had still not been signed by 2026 but Britain continued to rely upon services to drive it’s economy, yet Lugano prevented UK from thriving in a post Brexit world.  Save for an uptake in food production which happened as a necessity after The Hunger Games in 2022, Britain was broken.

The new EU tax avoidance scheme came into force on January 1st 2022.  Brexit supporters started to become angry that it meant that Amazon et al had to pay tax in the countries they operated in within EU countries, whilst Britain became a haven for companies who wished to avoid tax.  This meant that people were exploited to even greater levels than before and thus the dream of Brexit became even more distant.

Contributory factors to the decline of Britain as a world economic power began quickly after Brexit with Scottish independence in 2023, Irish unification in 2025 and a decision by Wales to seek independence in 2027.  Their economies disappeared too, although Boris Johnson tried to hold back Scottish independence by moving UK public service agencies out of Scotland.  Once the contagion began, it was unstoppable with London seeking to make itself a Crown Dependency and Cornwall and The North-East asking for Regional Parliaments.

In other disruptive and unexpected events, cybercurrency became regulated as the Bitcoin economy collapsed in 2025.  Jacob Rees-Mogg lost everything in 2024 in the Sterling Crisis, after overplaying the markets with his financial trading company. The Daily Express headline said “How the mighty have fallen”, whereas The Sun ran with “Mogged off’.  The Brexit illusion of Singapore on Thames came back to bite people where it hurt most. Never more had bluff, bluster and bust made more sense to the blowhards of Brexit.

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Breadline Britain

By 2031, the impact of The Brexit Hunger Games had been felt through civil unrest, the formation of The People’s Progress Party (PPP), formed from the fragments of Labour, Lib Dems, a merger with The Green Party and Memoranda of Friendship with the independent Governments of Scotland, Ireland, Wales and The European Union. Although the party could not stop the damage done by Brexit, Brexit carnage had eventually unified the people against the remnants of the Conservative Party.  This took place after an attempted takeover by Jacob Rees Mogg and following the worst riots ever seen on the streets of Britain in 2022, after the impact of Brexit on food supplies, prices and availabilities of goods and services previously taken for granted.  One of the earliest acts of the PPP was to prosecute various culture carriers of Brexit.  In 2026 a group of these people were jailed for various offences, including Boris Johnson and Priti Patel.

The PPP was formed in 2023 in a complete volte face of traditional politics.  People were selected for office, based on rigorous selection methods and then elected by people’s assemblies.  Whilst the party had some politicians drawn from the best of the crop, it was formed from people from business, the arts, community leaders and so on.  This was informed by the insight that some celebrities and sportspeople were more skilled and popular than Westminster politicians.  This was however no populist uprising.  The PPP insisted on informed democracy, fought the election in 2024 on some old-fashioned ideas about trust, reforming politics and healing the country.  They won a majority of votes but lost the election to the Conservatives due to the existing FPTP system  This was based on some very good campaigning, based on an Enough is Enough message and a promise to make a Better Britain in a Better Europe through Better Politics.  This included plans for electoral reform.  It had become clear that the European Union felt they were better off without Britain at the table and, although they had left the door open to rejoining the EU, it would come with some important pre-conditions.  The most important one was for a complete removal of the Brexit ultras from power, to avoid a “Hokey Cokey Brexit” i.e. in/ou/shake it all about approach to EU membership.  Other items such as Schengen and Euro membership were negotiable depending on whether they felt that our standards of democracy were acceptable and the degree to which English exceptionalism had been removed from the political culture.

Breadline Britain tipped over in September 2021, when children were seen crying in the aisles of Dudley Tesco, as their parents fought over the last packets of frozen chicken nuggets.  An angry woman was heard to say “I voted to get my country back, but not for a chicken shortage.  I was duped”.  Once Brexit food import restrictions kicked in on October 1st 2021, the situation rapidly deteriorated.  Shortages were not limited, sporadic and selected.  They were continuous, deep and they touched everyone in strangely different ways.  Still one or two leave voters celebrated the Blitz spirit.  Laura from Basildon won a prize on “Come Dine Without Me” and went to No 10 Downing Street.  She was reported as saying “I’m actually not that hungry”, when having an austerity Christmas lunch with Boris Johnson.

Government plans to mitigate foreign lorry driver shortages due to Brexit backfired badly into 2022.  The 2000 army HGV drivers diverted to deal with the 100 000 foreign lorry driver shortage were quickly rediverted to deal with the Autumn of Discontent, which emerged because of the food shortages and rationing of specific items.  Attempts by food retailers to up HGV driver wages to £55 000 were of course welcomed by lorry drivers.  However, it quickly became apparent that this would “drive traffic” around the supply chain of drivers, as some ambulance drivers, HGV drivers in other sectors etc. decided that they fancied a better wage.  It simply created deficits in other areas.  The initial reaction of the public to the “Keep on Trucking for Britain” campaign was positive but turned sour quickly, as people realised impacts on prices and NHS services.

A tipping point in the Brexit debate was the so-called “Pigs in Blankets” famine of December 2021 where frantic parents fought for Turkeys and the trimmings in supermarkets after the supply chain broke down.  Preceded by a number of marches for and wildcat disturbances at food depots in Britain, Bernard Matthews was asked to join a Government taskforce with Ian Botham and Roger Daltrey on the future of turkeys for Christmas.  Botham promptly attempted to blame farmers for the problem and was squewered by Matthews who was heard to say “Bootiful”.  Meanwhile M&S Chair and former Conservative Party MP Archie Norman pointed out “This is totally down to Brexit.  Nothing to do with COVID and the product of a party I was once proud of, but which has now put Brexit ideology above pragmatism”.

But Britain was not beaten.  Boris Johnson, buoyed up by the birth of his second son, Aristotle, whipped up enthusiasm for British Bulldog Spirit and initiated a new scheme called Grow for Britain, where house owners were given a £50 grant to convert their gardens to allotments, using Afghans as live-in labour as part of their cultural conversion.  Johnson appeared on Gardener’s World just before Christmas in a project with Monty Don to convert the Rose Garden into a cabbage patch just before Carrie delivered Aristotle to offset people’s thoughts about food shortages at Christmas.  In real life however, the British people found that micro farming was not popular, especially in the middle of winter.

Brits, freed from lockdown restrictions and loaded with cash sought to unload their excess financial baggage by holidaying in Europe and beyond in 2022 and 2023.  But they faced a new problem.  Sterling.  In 2022, Sterling had parity with the Euro and in 2023, with the dollar, due to Britain’s new standing in the world as a third country.  Although some continued with their holidays, Rishi Sunak introduced restrictions limiting the amount of money taken on holidays to curb the Sterling crisis.  The Daily Express was unable to blame the problem on Johnny Foreigner and used the headline “Pounded by Brexit”.  Queues at passport control when the EU channel was absolutely empty made holiday makers irate, aside from the hassle and £6 charge to go into Europe.  But most staycation holidays in Britain were out of reach financially for many people, as prices were hiked due to supply and demand considerations.

Can’t get no

Shortages continued at a deep level for two more years until 2024, but they never actually went away completely.  Some items simply disappeared from shelves.  Many were unexpected, such as bleach, diagnostic tests, tonic water and some medicines for rare conditions.  As with all crises, human ingenuity finds a way.  If an out-of-stock item was discovered in a particular town on a given morning, all the stock would be gone by 9 am and then sold on the black market.  “Only Fools and Horses” became the reality in trading scarce goods and every village had a character known as Del Boy.  Clandestine banana trading was used as a kind of proxy to preserve community spirit as Del liked to say “’Ave a Banana” to keep the neighbours sweet.  The Police noted a small rise in looting, not of money or property, but of vegetables from gardens.  All the while Boris Johnson refused to accept humanitarian aid from the EU during the UK “hungry gap”.  This is the few weeks, usually in April, May and early June, after the winter crops have ended but before the new season’s plantings are ready to harvest.  Boris Johnson continued his campaign of deflection into 2023 after he swapped Carrie up for a debutante who was working as a media relations executive at The Daily Express.  This followed Carrie’s failure to host a third child for the Johnson dynasty.

Little things seem to irritate more than the big-ticket items.  Whilst people were prepared to forget the £37 billion wasted on fictional PPE and the 150 000 unnecessary COVID deaths, they found it extremely annoying that the EU’s new satellite system Galileo made GPS navigation much more accurate with implications for driverless cars and HGV’s into 2027.  Insurance companies started to insist on the use of Galileo as the gold standard for driverless vehicles and people were able to access Galileo on a paid for basis.

Although Boris Johnson attempted to deflect the fact that Britain has systematically degraded its levels of food security over decades, people were more persuaded by the continuing food shortages in 2022 and the so called “Andrex Wars”.  Strategies to pay lorry drivers extra by commercial companies are seen to backfire after it becomes obvious that these were taking staff away from NHS ambulance drivers and critical services.  In any case smart young people who saw the future did not want to take up careers as lorry drivers as they saw the advent of driverless trucks in 2028.  Some hauliers upgraded to LHV rather than training new HGV drivers.  The trucks were more efficient, lower GHG emissions per tonne transported.

After a complete meltdown of the Conservative party in 2027 and the removal of the Brexit ultras from power with some being imprisoned, the PPP finally got elected in 2028 and began the business of Rejoining the EU.  This was preceded by riots by pensioners after free prescriptions were removed in 2026 on the road to privatisation of the NHS.

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