European Movement Call To Action
Write to the PM and your MP NOW!
Last week Boris Johnson flip-flopped and admitted that the Withdrawal Agreement is bad for the country. He is now threatening to resolve this conundrum by breaking international law. This ‘oven-ready deal’ was central to the Conservative election campaign and we now know that Johnson signed up to it in full knowledge that it would damage the country.
Now he is willing to saddle the country with a highly damaging no-deal or figleaf deal Brexit. As concerned citizens, we cannot allow this to slip through unchallenged. Not only would this be highly undemocratic in the light of the 2016 Leave campaign promises and the 2019 Conservative election promises, but it would also damage our economy, industry, opportunities and global influence for generations to come.
The next few weeks will determine the nature of our future relationship with the European Union. We must act now to show the Prime Minster that we will not stand by and let him push us off a cliff edge at the end of the year. The country did not vote for a damaging hard Brexit and there is no democratic mandate for leaving the EU without a trade deal.
So how can I help?
We are calling on all members, supporters and the general public to participate in a wide-scale e-mail writing campaign to the Prime Minister and MPs, to hold the government to its promise of securing a trade deal with the EU.
But what’s the point?
Many people do not write letters because they think it is a waste of time and has no influence. On the contrary, the Prime Minister and MPs DO respond to public pressure on issues of great importance. This nation-wide e-mail writing campaign has the potential to influence the outcome of the deal negotiated. This will not only limit the damage caused by Brexit, but will also keep open the door for rejoining the EU when the time is right.
How do I write to the Prime Minister?
Your letter should be short, simple and personalised (maximum 1000 characters). Explain your concerns about a hard Brexit from your perspective, and ask the Prime Minister to protect those interests in any negotiation.
For example, if you work for a small business, you may be concerned about barriers to trade. If you are a parent, you may be concerned about your child’s future opportunities to work in Europe and take part in EU educational projects. If you work in the healthcare sector, you may be very aware of the potential consequences of delays to medical supplies and our capacity to contribute to EU medical research projects. Whatever your perspective, Brexit affects you. Express these specific concerns to the Prime Minister and ask him to ensure that those interests will be protected.
Visit One Crisis at a Timeto find more information about the impact of a no-deal Brexit on specific sectors or check out Harrow & Hillingdon European Movement's Throwing Down The Gauntlet campaign for more inspiration.
You can contact the Prime Minister through this Government online formThere is a size limit of 1000 characters (including spaces), so a note of around 150 words would be appropriate.
The online form will send you an email link to confirm your message. Remember to click on the email link to make sure that your message gets through to the Prime Minister’s office.
How do I write to my MP?
You can express those same concerns in a letter to your MP. Make sure you keep your message short, polite and specific to your situation.
You can find your MP through the UK Parliament website. Remember to include your full name, full address and postcode at the top of your email.
Please encourage your friends, family and co-workers to write to the Prime Minister and their MP. We have just a few weeks left to shape our future relationship with the EU. We aim to fill the PM’s inbox with a million letters showing him that we will not let his reckless behaviour go unchallenged. Millions joined in the London marches to stop Brexit. Millions can act again.
Thanks for all your help and support with this campaign. Please contact European Movement Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland for further information or advice at LeicsEM@outlook.com
General Advice on writing to your MP
- Include your name, address and postcode at the top of the letter/email. If it is not immediately clear that you are a constituent, the MP is more likely to discard the message.
- Hand-written letters are more likely to receive replies.
- Keep it brief.
- Where possible, relate the arguments to your own circumstances. MPs are interested in how the issues affect their own constituents. In this case, personalisation may be possible if your business or job is at risk from a hard Brexit or from ending the transition period too soon. Or perhaps you are an NHS worker with first-hand experience of the current crisis – What does your experience and expertise say about the need to extend the transition period or retain freedom of movement for a little longer?
- Avoid using a standard template. MPs pay more attention to emails/letters which have been written by individual constituents. They want to hear from you.
- Include some factual arguments, supported with data if you have access to it. There is no need to use all of the arguments available. Just state those that you feel most strongly about.
- Don’t worry if you feel you do not have particular expertise on the issues. MPs respond to numbers as much as they do arguments. So just do your best, keep it brief, and don’t feel you have to spend time researching and polishing your letter.