What is it?
The Postcard Campaign is going to be held on the 1st September 2016, a campaign by those of us still passionately believe that the UK should Remain in the EU. We are aiming to get thousands of postcards delivered to 10 Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament on 2nd September, in time for Parliament’s return from summer recess on 5th September . I will write a follow-up post to give more details of how you can get involved and help our country and your family.
Why am I taking part?
I have many reasons. Reasons2Remain have really good newspaper articles if you want more information. Now, with such a narrow margin in the vote and lies of the ‘Leave’ politicians being exposed, I feel the need to continue the fight to stay in.
There was, after all, this wonderful person’s contribution to this debate before it even started:
There is, however, a more pressing issue, one which MPs have forgotten.This is from the Government’s own Briefing Paper, (sent to MPs) Number 07212, 3 June 2015 for the European Union Referendum Bill 2015-16:
5. Types of referendum
This Bill requires a referendum to be held on the question of the UK’s continued membership of the European Union (EU) before the end of 2017. It does not contain any requirement for the UK Government to implement the results of the referendum, nor set a time limit by which a vote to leave the EU should be implemented. Instead, this is a type of referendum known as pre-legislative or consultative, which enables the electorate to voice an opinion which then influences the Government in its policy decisions. The referendums held in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in 1997 and 1998 are examples of this type, where opinion was tested before legislation was introduced. The UK does not have constitutional provisions which would require the results of a referendum to be implemented, unlike, for example, the Republic of Ireland, where the circumstances in which a binding referendum should be held are set out in its constitution.
Which means that the referendum was intended only to get the country’s opinion; it was not binding. It is an MP’s duty to do what is right for the constituents and the country; if they believe that remaining in the EU is good for us, then they should fight for it. This is especially relevant when you consider that, whilst 52% voted ‘Leave’, only 75% of the population turned out to vote making it only 37% of the population who actually voted ‘Leave’. Other factors putting the referendum on increasingly unstable legal grounds:
- some expats (and some living in the UK) eligible to vote didn’t receive their postal vote
- only 30% of people under 30 turned out to vote because of how disenfranchised we are with politics
- ‘Leave’ Campaigners were shown to have been lying throughout the campaign
- some people wish they had voted ‘Remain’ or that they didn’t think their vote would count
- 3rd May 2012, Birmingham voted 58% against having a Mayor, but the government decided it is best for the city to have one (a similar case happened in Bradford) – if the government can go against the ‘will of the people’ for something as relatively minor as this, surely they should do so when the consequences are going to be so much wider-reaching and long-lasting?
- The ‘Leave’ campaign capitalised on a misconception about ‘unelected bureaucrats’ running the EU.
- according to YouGov, 75% of 18-24 year olds believe in ‘Remain’
- 16 and 17 year olds were denied a vote, despite having been allowed to vote in the Scottish referendum (just as constitutionally altering), which the Lords had tried to amend
The last two get to me the most, I am 18, my sister is 16. We both know how this will devastate our lives if Article 50 is triggered. We both want to take advantage of the Erasmus programme (note the warning) to study abroad, cheaper than we would in other parts of the world. We want to enjoy cheap and easy holidays across the Schengen Area to learn more about our own history, as British history is so embedded in European history.
Why should YOU take part?
There have been warnings that the effects of this vote will not be felt for many years. We are the ones who have to suffer the consequences for the decisions that have been made on our behalves; we are the ones that need to take action.
I don’t blame or hate ‘Leave’ voters, I blame David Cameron for being an incompetent leader and not controlling his party; for not shutting down UKIP; and forcing this whole fiasco of an unnecessary, socially divisive referendum onto us; then pissing off when the shit hit the fan (pardon my French but I now have very little patience for this pathetic excuse for a politician).
I believe that Farage and Johnson in particular were appealing to the hearts of hard working Britons. Their manipulative speeches forced many to believe ‘Leave’ would result in a return to the ‘good old days’; ‘Leave’ was best for you, your family and your country. I really hope now that they have all walked away from the fire they lit, it is clear that they had their own elitist reasons for this vote. They didn’t care about the backbone of Britain – the hard working people -and they never will. They manipulated and twisted truths and our emotions to make us believe we were doing something right. It was for them to get what they want, not what is best for us. Ask yourself, would you have questioned the EU if they hadn’t manipulated your thoughts to see only the negative?
To those who voted ‘Leave’ for your children/grandchildren, later generations, please ask us what we want. You’re making a decision for us which we are perfectly capable of making ourselves. Trust me, I haven’t met a young person who hasn’t researched the EU. If you voted Leave because you were told money was going to go to the NHS, do you see how this is not going to happen – cuts to the NHS were due to the Tories’ austerity, not the money going to the EU. For those who believe “it’s a dictatorship”, the people who supposedly rule us, unchallenged, can be found with a few clicks and how they are held accountable with just a few clicks more . The EU is far from a dictatorship – it’s confusing and I got an A in A Level EU politics and I still don’t know what’s going on – I want the UK to work with the EU to make it simpler and clearer as to who’s who and for the people of Britain to feel more connected with these politicians.
And those of you who voted to get rid of all those pesky immigrants like my mum – if we do leave, there is a strong chance we’ll join the EEA and have to join the Schengen Area, which means losing the border control which there is at the moment and more immigrants coming in.
I appreciate these are not the only reasons why people voted ‘Leave’. Some voters did their research before casting their vote and have their own reasons for believing we are better off out of the EU. If that is you, I would urge you to put pressure on Theresa May, David Davies and Boris Johnson to actually come up with a plan beyond ‘Brexit is Brexit’, which actually means nothing. There is no unified approach to Brexit, no plan, no vision; this is dangerous.
25% who didn’t vote / people who couldn’t
You are the ones unbiased and undecided and can really make a difference. Whatever your reason may have been for not voting, now that you can see the political, economic and social chaos the vote has already brought, you can make a difference and now use your voice.
For whatever reason, if you couldn’t vote, now is your chance, too. If you were too young, appeal to your MP that this is your future at stake and you deserve to be listened to. For people like my mum, EU nationals who are not UK citizens, this affects you the most. Inform your MP about how your life is being turned upside down (you might not be able to vote but they still have a responsibility to listen to your concerns as you live here and pay taxes). Whatever your reason is for not being allowed to vote, please use this as an opportunity to have your say.
#StayRemain – don’t lose hope, if we band together, we can stop this.
How this vote effects the people of Britain
Visit #BrexitTestimonal (or the Facebook page) for more.
I sincerely hope you will all take part in this campaign to restore order to our nation which has become so socially divided.