In case it’s of interest, friends, I sent the following to my MP yesterday evening.
Dear Ms Blackwood
I am writing to you in relation to the recent referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU, to urge you not to vote to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, if and when such a vote comes to pass.
It has become abundantly clear over the past few days that the referendum has left the country in turmoil. Many people who voted to leave the EU have since expressed dismay that their vote contributed towards the overall 52% majority, and in any event given the proximity of the 48% v. 52% split, it is in no way clear that there is overwhelming support for a deeply controversial break from Europe.
The referendum has raised many fundamental questions for voters: should teenagers have the right to voice an opinion in these kinds of referendums; should English voters have the right to bind Scots who so clearly want to remain (particularly when EU membership was such a prominent issue in the independence referendum in 2014); and should such a complex political decision be left in the hands of voters in the first place. The economy has already suffered – as it was predicted would be the case – and it looks very much as though Brexit would fulfil the predictions of the various experts who urged us to remain. Further, the Leave campaigners have already acknowledged that many of the promises they made were completely hollow.
As you will be very well aware, Oxfordshire voted to remain. Your constituents sent a very clear signal on 23 June, and demonstrated their wish to remain part of the union. I would, with the greatest respect, urge you to bear that in mind if a vote comes to pass, and to remember that the referendum was advisory, that it has no binding legal or constitutional effect, and that it would so clearly be in the nation’s best interests to do what our Prime Minister advised during the campaign.
I appreciate that this is an extremely difficult time for the UK Government, and that maintaining unity is a priority. However, I also fervently believe that our Government has a responsibility to act in the interests of the nation, not in the interests of a narrow, fluctuating and misled majority.
With continued thanks for all the hard work you do for our constituency.