Template Letters to MPs

Instructions 

Here are some template letters for you to adapt to your situation and your MP.

  1. The following templates are just that – templates for you to change. Please do not use them it as-is, but customise them to you – personal stories are the most powerful. Note that there are some passages which must be modified if the letters are to make sense.
  2. I have included various sections which are more suited to certain types of MP. It’s worth checking your MP’s declared position prior to the referendum, with this BBC checker: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-35616946

A Letter Requesting Amendment to the
European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

<Your Full Address>
<Your Postcode>

Rt Hon <MP Name>
House of Commons
London
SW1A 0AA

<Date>

Dear <MP Name>

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

I refer to the above bill which is currently progressing through parliament.

I am concerned at the degree to which this bill, in its present form, will permit the government total freedom to decide the terms and timing of our withdrawal from the EU. Parliament is being asked to cede much of its power to ministers, and will powerless to intervene should any aspect of Brexit prove to be unacceptable. For instance, I believe it would be possible for the government to force a ‘no deal’ hard Brexit without any form of scrutiny or sanction by parliament.

This situation is totally unacceptable, undemocratic and, to any fair minded individual, plain wrong. You are the democratically elected representative for this constituency and you must not give up your power to represent your constituents.

Please ensure that this bill is appropriately amended such that parliament has scrutiny of, and is required to approve, any final Brexit deal.

Yours sincerely

 

<Your name>

 

A Short Generic Stop Brexit Letter

<Your Full Address>
<Your Postcode>

Rt Hon <MP Name>
House of Commons
London
SW1A 0AA

<Date>

Dear <MP Name>

Brexit

I write as a concerned constituent about the lunacy of Brexit. No sane person takes risks without there being a potential benefit, and there is simply no benefit to any style of Brexit – in fact, quite the contrary. Whether we are talking about ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ Brexit, or a short or long transition period; all forms of Brexit will be hugely damaging to the UK and its economy. This is something on which all credible economists and commentators agree.

Popular opinion is changing fast: People have started to realise how badly they were misled by the Leave campaign, and they have started to see the damage which has resulted from the referendum and subsequent political upheavals. They are also starting to understand what Brexit is, and what effects it may have.  Many feel disenfranchised and ignored by both major parties who are maintaining a pro-Brexit position. Politics must respond to this sea change.

A majority of electors now favour a second referendum, and I feel that the public must be given an opportunity to sanction the final deal.

Please do the right thing for the nation and oppose this act of self-harm.

 

Yours sincerely

 

<Your name>

 

A Very Short Generic Stop Brexit Letter

<Your Full Address>
<Your Postcode>

Rt Hon <MP Name>
House of Commons
London
SW1A 0AA

<Date>

Dear <MP Name>

Brexit

I write as a concerned constituent about the lunacy of Brexit: Brexit has no tangible benefits and was sold to the electorate on the basis of lies.

Stop this nonsense now – it is damaging our country and its reputation.

Yours sincerely

 

<Your name>

 

A Long Generic Stop Brexit Letter

<Your Full Address>
<Your Postcode>

Rt Hon <MP Name>
House of Commons
London
SW1A 0AA

<Date>

Dear <MP Name>

Brexit

I write because I have never been as worried as I am today about the state of the nation. The shocks of recent months have enormously damaged the unity of our country and the state of its already fragile economy.

It is becoming increasingly clear that, whatever post-Brexit vision the Leave campaign might have sold to the electorate, that which might actually be deliverable will offer no significant benefits over remaining a full EU member state. There presently seems to be only two possible outcomes from our current negotiation – namely a ‘hard’ or a ‘soft’ Brexit.

All credible commentators and economists agree that a hard Brexit will be enormously damaging to the UK economy, as well as diminishing our nation in many other ways. I hope that you agree that a hard Brexit, in which we lose access to the Single Market (SM) and Customs Union (CU), is one that must be avoided at all cost.

A soft Brexit, retaining some sort of access to the SM and CU, would necessarily be based upon agreement, and will come with obligations: a financial contribution and deference to EU laws. A soft Brexit will be difficult to negotiate and require scarce political bandwidth to achieve. This will result in several years’ distraction to a weakened government, which should be dealing with numerous other challenges.

While negotiations continue, the uncertainty caused by the process is damaging our economy: growth and investor/consumer confidence is down, and global companies are making contingency plans to move parts of their business outside the UK – some are already doing so.  I am sure that I need not remind you of the importance of the financial services sector to our exchequer.

It really is high time that those charging forward with this initiative stepped back and honestly reassessed the probable outcome. I genuinely feel that that outcome will be inferior in every way to our remaining a full EU member, and will cause huge disruption, distraction and damage along the way.

Opinion polls indicate that I am not alone in my views. Public opinion is turning against Brexit and a majority of voters are now in favour of a second referendum before any deal is finalised. Tangible evidence of the damage that Brexit is doing to the UK continues to mount, and I think it highly unlikely that any second referendum would come out in favour of our leaving the EU. Nevertheless, I feel voters must be given this opportunity.

<Paragraph for MP with Undeclared pre-referendum position> I am not sure whether you will agree with the contents of my letter, but I believe that you had doubts about Brexit from the start, and I understand that you had an undeclared position prior to the referendum. I cannot believe that the events of the past 18 months will have assuaged those doubts in any way.  All I can ask is that you are honest with yourself and do the do the right thing for the country – step back and give yourself the time to reconsider what is happening and the likely outcome.

<Paragraph for MP with Leave pre-referendum position> I am not sure that you will agree with the contents of my letter, but I believe that the events of the past 18 months must have sown doubts in your mind. All I can ask is that you are honest with yourself and do the do the right thing for the country – step back and give yourself the time to reconsider what is happening and the likely outcome. Changing your position on this important issue is not a sign of weakness – quite the contrary, it is a sign of strength.

<Paragraph for Labour/Conservative MP with Remain pre-referendum position> I am not sure whether you will agree with the contents of my letter, but I know you had doubts about Brexit from the start and declared for Remain prior to the referendum. I cannot believe that the events of the past 18 months will in any way have assuaged those doubts. All I can ask is that you are honest with yourself and do the do the right thing for the country – step back and give yourself the time to reconsider what is happening and the likely outcome. You will undoubtedly need to fight others in your party with more entrenched views, but please be assured that you will have widespread support from your constituents in doing so: Challenge the party line.

<Paragraph for Conservative MP>Sometimes leadership means having the fortitude to admit that things are not going to plan. The Conservative Party needs to put the needs of the nation above those of the party. <MP name> please do the right thing and help stop this national act of self-harm.

<Paragraph for Labour MP>Sometimes leadership means having the fortitude to admit that things are not as they should be. Over 70% of Labour voters oppose Brexit, and it is now essential that the Labour Party emerges as the party fighting Brexit. <MP name> please do the right thing and help stop this national act of self-harm.

<Paragraph for LibDem or SNP MP>The Liberal Democrats <or SNP> are the party most opposed to Brexit: Please ensure that you continue to do the right thing and help stop this national act of self-harm.

<Paragraph for any MPs that might need reminding of this>Finally, I must remind you that you should not, and indeed you must not, consider the outcome of the referendum as a fait accompli: you are bound by the MPs Code of Conduct to act in the interests of the nation and this you must do. (Section III 6 applies).

Yours sincerely

 

<Your name>

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