BRITAIN has never been so divided.
But now a group of business execs, faith leaders and charities have met to discuss a new grassroots campaign to help bring communities back together.
Organisers have deliberately kept it free of politicians to help reunite the nation — whatever the outcome of the ongoing Brexit talks.
They hope the initiative will resonate with a public desperate to move on by focusing on the values that we all have in common.
The group includes the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, TUC head Francis O’Grady and Carolyn Fairbairn, the boss of the CBI, and prominent Brexiters.
They held open talks at Lambeth Palace in central London and their goal is to celebrate all that is great about Britain.
A campaign insider said: “We don’t yet know what will happen with Brexit but we do know that whatever the outcome it will leave a nation divided.
“This campaign is still at the ideas stage but we hope it will remind the country of what we have in common. Of course people will continue to disagree on Brexit.
“But our country is so much more than that and we will always be much stronger united.”
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Brendan Cox, the 40-year-old widower of murdered MP Jo, has been one of the people playing a role behind the scenes in connecting key people from different sides of the Brexit debate. Mum-of-two Jo was 41 when she was killed by a right-wing extremist while in her Batley and Spen constituency in West Yorks three years ago.
Organisers hope the campaign can tap into Jo’s belief that “we are more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide.”
The nationwide campaign is anticipated to launch at the start of next year.
It is likely to include famous showbiz names alongside grassroots community organisations.
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