Copies of the book, Brexit: What the Hell Happens Now? by Ian Dunt, have been funded after the campaign raised almost £6,000 by hundreds of members of the public on the crowdfunding platform, JustGiving.
The campaign, ‘The Brexit Book Club’ was set up by software engineer Justen Hyde who was concerned at the quality of debate about the UK’s future following the referendum vote to leave the EU in June 2016.
Hyde who lives in Witney, Oxfordshire, claims he was inspired by Skeptics in the Pub, the critical thinking and drinking group that sent a copy of Mark Henderson’s The Geek Manifesto to every MP to improve debate around science.
Talking of the initiative, Hyde, who met with author Dunt at Parliament Square on Monday (16th January, 2017)armed with copies of the book, said: “I've been amazed by the support we've received. A lot of people clearly share a great deal of frustration about the apparent lack of serious, constructive work towards negotiating a workable plan for dealing with the outcome of the referendum.”
“I hope the fact that members of the public are sufficiently concerned that they've paid to send a book will help in a small way to persuade our elected representatives to lift their eyes from party politics and short-term Brexit fever and begin working on a rigorous, consensual and thoughtful plan to move us forwards.”
“This isn't about being pro-Remain or pro-Leave. It's about being calm, open, balanced and effective.”
Among the high profile backers, the philosopher and vocal remain campaigner, AC Grayling contributed £100 writing on the JustGiving page: “Harass every MP until they have read Dunt’s book.”
Dunt’s book was written by gathering expert advice on the issue and looks forward to how Britain will leave the European Union and the impact that will have on companies, institutions and people.
You can buy it from Canbury Press here.