Keep writing to Rt Hon Claire Perry MP
TO CLAIRE PERRY eg:
Dear Claire Perry,
I am writing to express my alarm at the dangerous turn of events driving our country towards a reckless crash out Brexit.
Hitherto you have objected strongly to a No Deal Brexit. Recently, however, you admitted that you would “ignominiously” and “painfully” no longer act to prevent a crash out, even though all the evidence emerging from government departments and numerous commercial sectors show how extraordinarily damaging this would be to our country. Particularly hard hit will be the food and farming industry represented in your constituency. Would you not wish to avoid such a catastrophic crashing out of the European Union and protect everyone from those damaging consequences?
I am keen to support all parliamentarians working to avoid a catastrophic crash out of the European Union and ask you to join those efforts on the back benches even if it means setting aside historic party differences to secure a safer future for our country and our children.
This is no time for “do or die” brinkmanship. It is time to face up to the gravity of the situation. Now is surely your opportunity to stand by your original convictions and support your constituents’ best interests.
I ask you to do everything in your power to stop an undemocratic reckless No Deal Brexit in its tracks and support initiatives to secure an extension to Article 50, preferably making time for a democratic People’s Vote.
Key points that Devizes for EU made in their letter last July:
- What new evidence does Claire Perry have for risking a No Deal outcome? We have seen none.
- On the contrary: we have seen dire warnings from people who know what they are talking about have become a daily diet.
- The Confederation of British Industry says No Deal is “a tripwire into economic chaos.”
- The National Farmers’ Union thinks it would be “catastrophic.”
- The former Chancellor of the Exchequer reckons it might cost the country about £90 billion.
- Politicians like Boris Johnson and MPs like Claire Perry who refuse to blockNo Deal may well deliver precisely that outcome whether that is what they really want or not.
- Bringing down the curtain on the long-running farce of Brexit by crashing out of the EU will diminish the UK. And it will do so with all the national ignominy and individual pain that Claire Perry herself anticipates.
- It is a tragedy that Devizes now lacks an MP willing to stand up for her own constituents, none of whom voted to be poorer.
- Though Devizes is a rural constituency, Claire Perry refuses to fight even for farmers. In a No Deal scenario, many of them will find their exports to continental Europe competitively disadvantaged by heavy tariffs.
- About 70% of food imports come from the EU. A crash-out Brexit will stoke food prices. If they stoically put up with ignominy, will Devizes constituentsendure pain with equanimity as they shuffle anxiously towards the fictitious sunny uplands of post-Brexit Britain?
- We remain convinced that there is no deal better than the UK already has as a member of the European Union. That’s why Devizes for EU joined ‘March for Change’ in London on 20 July in order to say NO to Boris, YES to Europe.
We shall be writing to Claire Perry with the key points made by the newly formed Farmers for a People’s Vote. Polly Toynbee’s article here