Two voices of Brexit rea­son

Blun­kett and Sen­tamu’s re­al­ism

Yorkshire Post - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

EVEN THOUGH this has been an­other bru­tal week when it comes to Brexit, two voices of rea­son from York­shire have stood out and given hope to all those ex­as­per­ated by the po­lit­i­cal in­fight­ing. The first was the Arch­bishop of York who wrote in this news­pa­per on Mon­day about the need for MPs on all sides to lead with “wis­dom and in­sight” in or­der to start heal­ing na­tional di­vides.

Dr John Sen­tamu’s back­ing of Theresa May’s stance has now been fol­lowed by Sh­effield’s Lord Blun­kett, a po­lit­i­cal el­der states­man, who con­cludes in The York­shire Post to­day that the Prime Minister has, de­spite her im­per­fec­tions, “done her best” de­spite be­ing “dealt an im­pos­si­ble hand” and that his­tory will, in time, be sym­pa­thetic to­wards her predica­ment.

Given that both men would not be re­garded as nat­u­ral al­lies of Mrs May, or her party, their re­spec­tive con­tri­bu­tions are all the more sig­nif­i­cant be­cause they demon­strate a level of re­al­ism – and spirit of com­pro­mise – which, alas, re­mains so elu­sive in the House of Com­mons. They know that this coun­try is at a turn­ing point in its his­tory and all politi­cians need to be­come more tol­er­ant, and re­spect­ful, of each other if some or­der is to be brought to the cur­rent chaos.

For, while the next week will be even more tu­mul­tuous if Mrs May’s deal is, as ex­pected, voted down by MPs, it will still fall to the Houses of Par­lia­ment to pick up the pieces and pro­vide the ma­ture lead­er­ship that the coun­try ex­pects. With no guar­an­tee that an­other elec­tion, sec­ond ref­er­en­dum or Labour-led gov­ern­ment will break the West­min­ster im­passe, it can only be hoped that more politi­cians and pub­lic fig­ures heed the ex­am­ple of Dr Sen­tamu who will be­gin a Brexit prayer vigil to­mor­row, and also Lord Blun­kett, by mak­ing con­tri­bu­tions that are more con­struc­tive – and less de­struc­tive – in both spirit and tone. Af­ter all, it is this coun­try’s fu­ture which is at the stake.

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