A guest post from local campaigner and our local party chairman Steve Tellis:
After the referendum we awoke to a deeply divided country.
Seventeen million people voted to leave the European Union. Sixteen million people voted to Remain. Here in Rayleigh and in the Rochford District at large a majority voted to Leave. Just up the road in Chelmsford a majority voted to Remain.
The Liberal Democrats fought a united and positive campaign to keep our place in the European Union. Sadly we lost, narrowly.
We have to accept the democratic result of the referendum. But we do not have to accept a view of Britain as an inward-looking, intolerant nation – as promoted by some in the Vote Leave campaign. Britain is so much better than that.
The Liberal Democrats will continue the fight for an open-minded, hopeful and tolerant Britain.
Will you join us today to help? Joining does not have to be a major commitment on your part,but it would be your way of saying you back our vision of a tolerant, hopeful Britain.
Britain faces extended uncertainty. The country does not know who will lead crucial negotiations. The Conservatives and Labour are lacking clear leadership.
We will stand up for an inclusive, optimistic Britain. We will not let down the millions of people who voted Remain, and many millions more young people who feel the same but weren’t able to vote.
If you agree please join us today.
With best wishes,
Rayleigh, Wickford and Castle Point Liberal Democrats
22 Beech Avenue Rayleigh, SS6 8AE
P.S. Over 11,000 new members have joined the Liberal Democrats since the referendum – including many in our area. Join us today to show your support for a diverse, hopeful Britain.