Sample letters and phrases
TO ALL MPs OBJECTING TO A CRASH-OUT BREXIT eg:
I am writing to express my strong support for Parliamentarians working to prevent the UK from crashing out of the European Union and to say how much I appreciate your own efforts, often exerted in circumstances that are personally very challenging.
You are familiar with all the arguments against a no-deal Brexit so I do not need to repeat them. After three years they remain no less important than ever they were.
However there is one new feature increasingly evident in public debate: a feeling that it is only by getting Brexit ‘done and dusted’ quickly that public policy can focus on other areas of national life urgently in need of attention.
In fact the opposite is the case. Crashing out of the EU without a deal with the EU will cause so much damage to the UK that for at least a generation politics in this country will be characterised by bitter recrimination. In that context we are not likely to make progress on other issues.
Furthermore there is no such thing as a no-deal exit. If the UK crashes out, our government will immediately have to start negotiations, from a newly weakened position, to secure agreement with our principal trading partner on free trade, security, and a host of other topics. And it will be doing so at a time when a crash-out has put the very union of the UK at risk.
Please continue your efforts to make common cause with others sharing your views. A united front is urgently needed if this country and its people are to avoid the disaster of a crash-out Brexit.
TO ALL MPs SUPPORTIVE OF A PEOPLE’S VOTE eg:
I am writing to express my strong support for a People’s Vote and to encourage you in your continuing cross-party efforts within Parliament to secure one.
Proponents of a People’s Vote are democrats. What could be more democratic than asking the people to decide?
That was the argument in 2016 when a divided Parliament decided on a referendum on membership of the EU. Now we should have a People’s Vote on the content of any deal reached, including a crash-out Brexit.
There has also to be the option of remaining in the EU. It is only by stopping the clock that we allow ourselves the time to address the evidence for and against membership. We did not have that opportunity in 2016.
The result of the 2016 referendum did not confer a mandate for a crash-out Brexit whatever its proponents now claim. A People’s Vote in 2019 would discover whether there is a majority in favour of an outcome that our own Member of Parliament, Claire Perry, views with equanimity even though she has described it as ignominious and painful. I am convinced there is not.
I welcome cross-party initiatives that set aside party advantage in order to secure a People’s Vote on EU membership and warmly appreciate your work in the campaign.