The House of Commons will be voting on Lords amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill next Tuesday 12th June.
Four amendments are crucial and will determine whether Parliament has a meaningful vote on the terms – and whether we can stop exit if we end up with a bad deal.
It is vital that we lobby the pro-European Conservative MPs who could potentially rebel against the Government. So if you or anyone you know is in one of these constituencies, please write and ask him or her to support these amendments: this really can make a difference.
Arundel and South Downs
Bromley and Chislehurst
Folkestone and Hythe
Hastings and Rye
Ochil and South Perthshire
Tonbridge and Malling
Below this post you will find a standard template but we strongly recommend that you personalise this and do not follow the template too closely. Please invent your own subject header. MPs take far more notice of personalised letters. If you feel able to follow up with a phone call to the office, then that is very useful too.
For more information on the amendments,
Thanks for continuing to push for a true meaningful vote, and fight against a damaging Brexit!
Sue, Richard & Charles
Generic Letter Template
Please vote for Lords amendments ensuring Parliament has control over the exit negotiations
Dear [Your MP name]
I am a constituent of yours – my address is […] – and I am writing about Lords amendments to the European Union Withdrawal Bill.
Four of these seem particularly important to me because they are all about ensuring Parliament has control. These are numbers 19, 20, 37 and 39 on the list produced on 17 May: a new clause to ensure Parliamentary approval of the outcome of the negotiations, an amendment to ensure Parliament sets the mandate for negotiations about our long term relationship (incredibly important because it is not just what happens on day 1 that matters), and two amendments about setting the Exit Day. These are vital to make the mandate amendment effective, and to make Dominic Grieve’s ‘Amendment 7’ effective.
I also think some of the more substantive amendments are important – for example on the Customs Union – but these four amendments are about our democracy, and ensuring the most important national decision for many years is taken in a democratic way. After all, one of the main reasons people voted to leave the EU was to return powers to our own Parliament. And defending democracy is what Parliament is all about!