Ed: Here is the second instalment of sample letters which you are invited to use. Do visit the first instalment for advice on how to send them and to whom!

The first sample letter addresses the disgraceful “Divorce Payment”, and the demand to walk out if Brussels keeps trying to press Ms May for more money – as the EU surely will:

Dear [name of MP here] MP

Despite the Prime Minister’s assurances, it seems the Brexit negotiations are not going well.  To outside observers it would appear that the EU’s negotiators are making demand after demand and Mrs May is making concession after concession.

Already she has doubled her offer of a payment from the original £20bn to a reported £39bn – there are many of us who feel she shouldn’t hand over a penny – and this is to be paid just for access to trade talks with European countries.  However, there seems to be no suggestion that the countries should pay for access to the UK market, which is extremely valuable to them.  Why is this?

I am aware of Mrs May’s assertion that ‘nothing is agreed before everything is agreed’ but feel that any further talks are simply a waste of time.

I ask you to urge the UK’s negotiating team to walk away from the negotiating table and revert to World Trade Organisation rules.

Yours sincerely

[Put your name here]

Ed: The following letters are on Trade, with the demand that Ms May must walk away from the negotiating table:

Dear [name of MP here] MP

I am appalled that the Prime Minister has offered the European Union £39bn just to start trade talks, and the EU won’t even do that until next spring, leaving little time to complete them before March 2019 when we leave the EU.  What is the point of that?

The UK is in the driving seat when it comes to trade.  It is well known that the bloc buys more from us than we do from European countries and because of this we should not be paying them anything – in fact, they should be paying us for access to the markets here in the UK.

Just think what the UK could do with £39billions.  How many new hospitals could be built for that amount of money?  How many more nurses, teachers and police officers could be employed?  Surely this amount would make a great difference to the elderly who have to pay for their social care.  But no, Mrs May has decided that it would be better to give it away in exchange not for a trade agreement but simply for TALKS about trade.

I am aware of Mrs May’s assertion that ‘nothing is agreed before everything is agreed’ but feel that any further talks are simply a waste of time.  I ask you to urge the UK’s negotiating team to walk away from the negotiating table and revert to World Trade Organisation rules.

Yours sincerely

[Put your name here]

and:

Dear [name of MP here] MP

Membership of EFTA or the EEA could be very useful if talks between the EU and the UK break down, as seems more likely the more demands M Barnier puts forward.  These demands and, rejection of every alternative put forward by Mrs May, make an agreement between the two sides further away than ever, unless the Prime Minister insists on making further concessions.

I am sure that those two organisations would be delighted to accept an application from the UK for membership as it would give access to our domestic market – something that the EU seemingly does not want, despite her offer of some £39bn just to start trade talks.

I feel that any further talks are simply a waste of time.  I ask you to urge the UK’s negotiating team to walk away from the negotiating table and revert to World Trade Organisation rules.

Yours sincerely

[Put your name here]

Ed: More such letters are being planned for the coming year, to be published in another instalment. Meanwhile, do not forget that you are free to change these letters so that you can send them to your local papers! Writing to your local papers is important: your letter has more chance to be published there than in the ‘big’ national papers – although by no means omit sending letters to them as well! Do remember that you need to include your postal address (under your signature) because otherwise editors won’t publish (they won’t include your actual address) and MP’s secretaries/research assistants will simply bin them, unread.

A final reminder: don’t forget to send us your copies, regardless of them having been published or not. We can then analyse which local paper supports Brexit, which doesn’t, and which ones suppress the voices of their readers.

The editorial team wish you all a Happy New Year – and Happy Letter-Writing!

 

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