Britain Talks: Final chance to join ground-breaking project bringing people together

Lobster catcher and Brexiteer Bob Roberts chats to Syrian-born cheesemaker Razan Alsous (Image: Andy Commins / Daily Mirror)

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Are you one of the 9,000 people who has signed up to our ground-breaking Britain Talks project? Then, we need to talk.

You should have received an all-important registration email from us – please make sure you’ve opened it and confirmed you’d like to take part.

With a record-breaking number of signs ups, we want to make sure no-one is denied the chance to take part just because our email is languishing in your junk or spam folder.

If you haven’t heard from us, please email [email protected]

Meanwhile, if you haven’t signed up but would like to, please go to mirror.co.uk/britaintalks to answer our quick questionnaire. Online chats will take place online on June 19, in partnership with The Great Get Together.

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We all know it’s good to talk – but how many of us really get the chance to chat with someone outside our own bubble?

Brexit, Covid, vaccines, masks and politics are just some of the topics some of us have strong views on but are finding it hard to discuss. At times, it can feel like we’re struggling to make ourselves heard.

Living through the pandemic has made it harder than ever to meet up with new friends. But at the Mirror, we're firm believers in the power of talking and just as importantly, listening to people, even those we disagree with.

That’s why we’ve joined up with the Daily Express for Britain Talks – to make sure we’re including people with a wide range of views.

Britain Talks is on a mission to bring people with opposing views together

We don’t have to agree – we just all need to learn to disagree better, and make sure we listen as well as talk. We may even find things in common.

As the inspiring late MP Jo Cox said, we have 'more in common with each other than things that divide us’.

Sitting down together can help settle differences and remind us of our shared values.

This year thousands of you have signed up already – but there’s still time to add your name to the list.

Bob and Razan chat on the harbour in Scarborough
(Image: Andy Commins / Daily Mirror)

With our partners at the Daily Express, in the last three years we’ve brought together more than 10,000 people for a chat.

Sitting down to share their views over cups of tea, pints, cake and more recently, Zoom, we’ve all discussed everything from football and farming to religion, racism, food, music and our wonderful NHS.

Many of these conversations are ongoing – as people forged surprising new friendships.

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Among them are Yorkshire fisherman, Bob Roberts and Syrian cheese-maker, Razan Alsous.

Despite their different backgrounds, the pair met to discuss immigration, business and life in the UK.

They discovered a shared passion for food and local produce – and left as firm friends.

Or what about ex-miner Alan Holliday and climate striker Isabella Bridgman?

Allan Holliday and Isabella Bridgman were born five decades years apart, and have very different views on plans to open a new coalmine in the heart of Cumbria

Plans for a controversial new coal mine saw tensions running high in their hometown in Cumbria.

But when they set up a Zoom to talk it though, they managed to find some important common ground – and are setting a date to meet and chat again over tea at their local chippy.

Check out our website and films for more inspiring stories from people who say they have loved getting involved.

Britain Talks, based on an idea created by My Country Talks, is in partnership with The Great Get Together – a series of community events organised by the Jo Cox Foundation.

Want to get involved in Britain Talks? Fill in this questionnaire –

Taking part couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is check out our site and answer a few quick questions.

Then we’ll match you with someone who has different views and help you set up a video meeting on the weekend of June 19.

Let us know how you get on?

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