Over the next few weeks, I am going to try to provide some material for Christian reflection on the decision of the UK to leave the European Union. It has been over two years since the referendum was called and taken, and we are still pretty unclear about what will actually happen on 29 March 2019, the day when Brexit officially occurs. So this cannot be a theological analysis of what is going to happen, or the deal that has been arrived at, because none of that is yet known. Instead, what I hope to do, is offer some thoughts on the main themes that dominated the debate in the lead up to the vote - migration, sovereignty, fear - as well as those that have arisen since - trade, freedom, truth, borders, globalisation and will (of the people).
I want to make clear at the outset that this series is called A Christian guide to Brexit. I write as a Christian and, indeed, an ordained one, but these are my own views and not the official position of any Church. I also acknowledge that it is likely that the majority of Christians in Britain voted to leave the EU, whereas I was a confirmed remainer. I am hopeful that some of what I write resonates with Christians - and others - on all sides of the debate and may even provide some resource to help people engage in meaningful ways in the ongoing public debate up to and following March 29th.
Each Friday for the next few weeks, I will post a blog entitled ‘A Christian guide to Brexit’ for your delectation and delight. Let me know what you think.