Dear Mark Harper,
Two weeks ago, I wrote to you about withdrawal agreement negotiated by Theresa May and her team, asking you to vote against the deal. As I have not received a reply, I am writing again.
The withdrawal agreement reached between UK and EU negotiators has now been published, and its broad outlines are now well understood. Unless something dramatic happens in the next couple of weeks, the agreement will be put to the Commons for a vote. I urge you to reject the agreement, as it bears no relation to anything that we were promised in campaigning before the Brexit referendum, and because if were implemented it would be economically harmful to the Forest of Dean, an already impoverished constituency.
Please do not brush this off with a reference to “the will of the people” or “implementing the result of the referendum”. We can leave aside the multiple findings of outright illegal behaviour by the Leave campaign — this is irrelevant at the moment. What matters now is the simple fact that what is on the table is not the thing that 52% of us thought we were voting for. To push this emasculating compromise through would not be to implement the wishes of the 52%. In fact, the developments of the last 28 months have shown that there is no way for the wishes of the 52% to be implemented in anything like the form that was promised by the Leave campaign.
This being so, it seems to me that the only democratic course is to lay before the electorate the options that actually exist, in a referendum on the exit terms. We now know the deal the EU will accept for our exit. We also have the option of remaining in the EU. (Everyone outside of a hardcore group of Europhobes recognises that leaving without a deal would be catastophic.) With both realistic options now capable of clear articulation, the only legitimate and practical way to conclude a process that began in democracy is with more democracy — a referendum to select between these options.
Dr. Mike Taylor.
If you feel similarly, I urge you to write to your own MP. It doesn’t take long: the WriteToThem site is very streamlined.