I just completed the 38 Degrees quiz about how one feels about Brexit and I (unsurprisingly) came out as an ardent remainer. They provided a template letter which could be emailed to one’s MP airing one’s views. I am not greatly impressed by what I have read of our man through programmes such as “They Work for You” but I thought I would give it a go, and wait for them to send the heavies round. I added to and amended the template provided, and this is what I said.
Dear Alister Jack,
As one of your constituents I’m emailing you to let you know where I stand on Brexit ahead of the vote on 11th December.
I am one of the few people left who lived through World War 2 (and had a flying bomb land to close for comfort). My parents lived through World War 1 and dreaded the outbreak of World War 2. The European Union came about after World War 2 because people wanted things to be better in Europe and to avoid any more of the awful things that had gone before. Why anyone should want to go back to a 1930s situation (unless they are armament manufacturers or warmongers) I simply do not understand. And leaving the European Union is likely to bring about more unrest amongst those who rightly feel disregarded than there was at the time of the referendum.
I don’t want to leave the EU at all. I want me and my friends and family to be able to live and work across Europe, and for people from Europe to be able to come and do the same in the UK and to be welcomed here. I want rules on food, health and safety and the environment to stay the same and for the UK to help make those rules.
So, I want to remain in the EU, not for my sake (I am nearly 85 so won’t be affected by the Government’s hostility for very long) but I want my children, grandchildren and now, great grandchild, to live in constructive cooperation and peace with our neighbours for the foreseeable future.
I hope it will do a bit of good, but I shan’t hold my breath.