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Following the Referendum – A Letter to an M.P.

Dear M.P.

May I seek your views, please, on a number of issues arising from the Referendum?

Do you agree that this particular referendum has no legal status – that it is only advisory or “persuasive” – and that sovereignty lies with the Crown in Parliament?

Do you consider yourself a “delegate” or a “representative”, elected to make decisions based on your conscience, with regard to the good of your constituents and the country as a whole?

Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon starts by saying: “Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.”  May I seek your views, please, (and perhaps those of the Conservative Party and legal experts) on this sentence and what it may mean on whether or not the Government decides to take the advice given by those members of the electorate who voted “leave” (which I note was only 37.4% of those eligible to vote)?

Do you propose supporting the new Prime Minister and her government should they express the wish to go to Brussels to table the UK’s withdrawal notice under Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon?

As the 2015 Parliament was not elected on manifestos that presented policies for an occasion when the country might cease to be a member of the EU, do you think there should be a general election before Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon is considered for activation?

And, a question that all who regard the European Union as a 71 year-old pillar of peace in our continent would want me to ask: Do you think that the UK and its people will be less or more safe and secure in a continent where the UK were not to be part of the EU?

 

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