U.K. Government - listen to Remain voters during the Brexit Negotiations
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We, the signatories to this petition, are citizens of the United Kingdom who voted to Remain in the European Union in the Referendum of June 23rd, 2016, as well as both British and E.U. citizens who were disenfranchised in that referendum.
We want you to acknowledge our existence, take us into account, consult with us and get the Brexit negotiating team led by David Davis to address our concerns during the Brexit negotiations.
For the last year, Mrs. May, our voices have simply been ignored by your Government and by the U.K. media. Even the pro – E.U. demonstration of 25th March 2017 in London, which drew at least 100,000 people, was only given a couple of minutes’ mention by the B.B.C, and not acknowledged at all you or your Government.
Our rights to E.U. citizenship, to live, work or retire in any part of the E.U, and to protection by the European Court of Justice are in danger of being forcibly taken away from us due to the result of a referendum that was poorly planned, organised and run. The referendum disenfranchised many potential Remain voters, including 16-17-year-olds in the U.K. whose futures will be most affected, E.U. citizens in the U.K, many U.K. citizens in the E.U. and U.K. citizens who have lived overseas for more than 15 years.
We are unhappy about the way the entire Brexit process has been conducted over the last several years.
The Referendum on E.U. membership was only suggested by the former U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron as the result of pressure exerted on him by anti-E.U. members of his Conservative party. The Referendum Bill of 2015 quite clearly stated, in writing, that:
“It does not contain any requirement for the UK Government to implement the results of the Referendum, nor set a time limit by which a vote to leave the EU should be implemented, Instead, this is a type of referendum known as pre-legislative or consultative, which enables the electorate to voice an opinion which then influences the Government in its policy decisions”.
“The UK does not have constitutional provisions which would require the results of a referendum to be implemented…”.
However, PM David Cameron later confused matters by verbally stating, in a speech to the British people, that the outcome of a referendum would be “…your decision”. Government leaflets, sent to every British household before the referendum, also stated in writing that: “…the Government will implement what you decide”.
Information given to voters during the run-up to the referendum SHOULD have come only from neutral experts, providing balanced and detailed information about the economic, financial and social advantages/disadvantages of E.U. membership, thus enabling voters to make a properly informed decision on a matter that would affect them for the rest of their lives.
Instead, both sides used emotionally-driven arguments to support their respective causes.
Remain focused negatively on gloomy predictions for the economy, standards of living and international security, and not on the positive aspects of E.U. membership such as improved workers’ and consumers’’ rights, environmental protections, etc.
Leave focused negatively on many British peoples’ fears about immigration, and some Leave campaigners even linked the refugee crisis to E.U. freedom of movement policies, two completely separate issues. The Leave Campaign blatantly lied about withdrawal from the E.U. leading to £350 million in weekly extra cash being available for the National Health Service. (Source: the director of Vote Leave admitted to these lies in an article in the Spectator magazine by Dominic Cummings dated 17th January 2017).
Leave ignored the contributions to the U.K. economy that many E.U. workers have made, ignored the fact that many U.K. citizens have taken advantage of the right to live and work in the E.U. and did not tell British people about the failure of the last two British Governments to apply the three-month rule, under which E.U. citizens could have had their stay limited if they failed to support themselves.
The subsequent Referendum result was largely a consequence of exaggerated fears about immigration, false information about the E.U. being undemocratic and extra money being available for the NHS.
Lastly, evidence is slowly emerging that the Leave Campaign was funded by powerful overseas donors in a manner that broke U.K. Electoral Commission rules, and could thus have been illegal. (Sources: articles by Carol Cadwalladr in The Observer, 14th May 2017, and George Monbiot in The Guardian, 17th May 2017).
Brexit, if finalised, is something that we may have to live with for the
rest of our lives, and not just until another U.K. election.
We therefore call upon you to ensure that the Brexit negotiating representatives of the U.K. acknowledge the millions of Remain voters, E.U. citizens resident in the U.K. and disenfranchised pro-E.U. young people by addressing OUR concerns and grievances, and to take steps to consult us about OUR future during the negotiations.
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