Please help by:
1. Using these hashtags whenever appropriate: #BadDeal4Britain #StillEuropean
2. Writing to your local newspaper (or your MP) highlighting the effects of Brexit on you, your family or in your local area. (Please send us a copy.)
3. Follow us on Twitter @emleics and retweet anything that you like. You might also send your own tweets highlighting our messages such as:
The trade deal negotiated with the EU is the first trade deal in modern history to create MORE barriers to trade than existed before. This will leave the UK worse off than we were as a member of the EU.
This Brexit is Johnson’s choice for Britain. This government has chosen a deal that compromises our security, restricts access to European markets, and reduces the UK’s influence on decisions that continue to impact us.
This deal is bad for our economy. It largely ignores services, which makes up 80% of our economy. What is clear already is that UK services have lost some market access, and there is lack of both clarity and certainty of what Brexit will mean for service firms.
This deal is bad for food and farming, with customs checks creating extra hoops for our farmers to jump through... just to make ends meet.
This deal fails us all and will affect us all. Our economy, our jobs, our farmers, the food on our plate, our security. We deserve better.
It is really important that we hear from you about how the Brexit deal is impacting your local area.
- If you are aware of local press articles on the deal, please tell us
- If you have any personal stories about how the deal is impacting your local community, please tell us.
- If you work for an employer who has had to make adjustments to their staffing or operation as a result of the deal, please let us know.
- If you hear of ANYTHING related to the impact of the deal in your local communities, please let us know.
We want to amplify and spread the word about how the deal is having an immediate real-world impact on our lives locally.
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.