Making a statement!
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Calling all Surrey for Europe supporters – DO something very crucial, WRITE TO YOUR MP!
Apologies for the length of this ‘call to action’ but Change Britain, a pro-Brexit campaigning group has clearly got the message that we “Remoaners” have not given up. Here is an extract from what Change Britain has just sent out to its supporters:
… A small number of powerful campaigners backed by wealthy bankers and London
lawyers won a legal battle they hope will delay the process of taking the UK out of the EU.
As a result, pro EU politicians in Parliament are talking about stopping Brexit from happening. We face a real battle in Westminster. Remember – 75% of MPs voted to Remain, even though 63% of their constituencies voted to Leave.
So when that vote in Parliament happens every single one of us will need to play our part.
Every single one of us will need to get in touch with our local MP and every single one of us will need to remind our MP that we voters expect them to Respect the Result.
WE are asking YOU TO TAKE A LEAF OUT OF THE BREXITEERS’ BOOK and write to your MP -but with a somewhat different message! It WILL be taken notice of and you should expect and get a reply.
If you look on line, you’ll find many ‘template letters’. We think such letters are devalued by being ‘generic’, rather than personal. That’s why we’re only providing you with a list of ideas. Please “pick ‘n mix” with your own thoughts and write your letter to your MP. Some ideas, which we have grouped into various themes to help your own thoughts:
- The referendum was, “advisory”. If/when there is a vote in parliament please bear this in mind and vote the way your conscience tells you as the elected representative for the good of your constituents and the whole of the United Kingdom.
- In doing so remember that 63% of the electorate did NOT vote to leave the EU. So government and Parliament should indeed “respect” the result, which was that the majority of the electorate positively do not want to leave, or found the issue to complex to cast a vote either way. In the lack of any majority of the electorate wanting to leave it is the duty of Parliament and the government to act in the best interest of the U.K., which the overwhelming evidence shows to be to stay in the EU.
- Evidence from polls and video diaries since the referendum has shown that those voters who did vote to leave were not doing so because of EU matters but rather simply expressing a deep frustration with British policies and politicians.
- The Electoral Reform Society has issued a damning report on the whole referendum process. For example the Vote Leave leaders have admitted in a TV interview since the referendum that the claim on their bus that “We send the EU £350 million a week – let’s fund our NHS instead” was deliberately misleading to provoke debate, yet voters took it at face value.
- The referendum was presented as a simple Remain or Leave choice. It is now overwhelmingly clear that “Leave” is actually a combination of mutually exclusive ideals or objectives. There is no “plan” because it is impossible to design any realisitic plan that does not result in the UK being isolated and poorer.
- Without giving a “running commentary” on Brexit , what are the government’s priorities and broad aims? As citizens of a free country wishing to “Take back control” we all have a right to know.If Brexit cannot be achieved then the majority of the electorate would welcome a decision not to proceed.
2: Social, cultural and educational developments:
- Please take in to account facts which have emerged since the referendum, such as the rise in hate-crime against perceived “immigrants”.
- What is the government planning to do to safeguard citizens of other EU countries who live here? Nearly all are paying taxes, learning/speaking English, bringing up families and generally contributing to the prosperity and well-being of our country. Although they may have lived here for decades, they did not have a vote in the referendum.
- What will happen to the millions of British citizens who live, work and own property in other European countries? Many of them were denied a vote in the “advisory” referendum.
- Look at the evidence from across our universities and hospitals as regards losing EU wide support and collaboration. Our country has built strengths in education, culture and science based on openness and collaboration, with overseas experts wanting to come and work here. This is no longer the case.
3: Economic environment:
- [all the following will need reviewing post the Autumn Statement and the OBR forecasts today]
- Does the “buoyant” post-Brexit British economy stand a realistic chance of sustaining itself beyond a six month ‘phony war / honey moon’ period? Companies bought foreign currency before June 23rd and ‘hedged’ against a fall in the value of the Pound, but their funds must now be running out.
- If you vote through article 50 are you prepared to take responsibility for the deteriorating economic, employment and social landscape that will result?
- The claims that the UK could replace trade with the EU’s single market with other arrangements globally has been shown to be fallacious. Further, our current EU membership does not prohibit successful trading with the USA, China, Canada or India as seen by the success of German companies in such markets.
4: Global political developments:
- Consider whether, in a world which has just seen the victory of President-Elect Trump, whether we are likely to be more secure inside or outside the EU. Is the “Special Relationship” really that special to America?
- There is a rise of extreme nationalism and protectionism spreading across the globe. The UK should take a lead in setting out the benefits of openness and collaboration.
- Why do we just, “Have to make the best of it” or, perhaps more honestly, “Make the best of a bad job.” MPs CAN refuse to nod through a brainless “bad job” that does NOT have the support of a majority of the electorate.
- Whatever the decision of the Supreme Court, make clear your own support for the independence of the judiciary – and urge the Prime Minister to do so loudly and swiftly.
Please note that there is a strict Parliamentary convention that MPs can only deal with matters raised by their own constituents. Please ensure you write to YOUR MP and that you provide your full name and postal address.
SO, please get writing!