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To: Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of Her Majesty's Opposition in the UK Parliament
Dear Mr Corbyn,
We have now well past the half-way point between the Advisory EU Referendum vote in 2016 and the date in March 2019 earmarked by Prime Minister Theresa May for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.
Our petition is to ask you and your Shadow Cabinet colleagues as a matter of the utmost urgency to stop this unfathomable trajectory towards the ruination of Britain as a forward-looking, great and open nation.
We note with rapidly rising concern that virtually no progress has been made towards the ‘seamless transition’ which, with typical abandon, the Brexiteers promised those who voted to Leave. Rather, every day brings yet more evidence that leaving the EU will inflict decades of massive, probably irreparable, damage on the United Kingdom.
We are appalled - as you must be - that, via Brexit, Britain stands to lose critical international agencies in science, medicine, banking, law and other fields. We are horrified by the prospect of systematic long-term threats to food production, health services and other vital parts of the UK’s economic and social infrastructure. We know that the problems Brexit poses for Eire and Northern Ireland are even more serious still.
Increasingly, the evidence (emerging from the Paradise Papers and elsewhere) is that Brexit will benefit only the very wealthy, and not the 'ordinary people' across the country whom Brexit campaigners misled to secure votes for Leave. That artifice is why currently we see representatives of the fishing industry in North-East England, the agricultural industry in Cornwall, and similar sectors in Wales, asking for special consideration. All these areas voted Leave in 2016, it now transpires against their own interests. And it would appear that the substantial vote in Scotland to Remain is simply ignored.
‘Ordinary people' have every right to feel angry about this massive deception by various wealth owners and influencers who promised huge benefits for all from Brexit, but have been able to deliver nothing beyond their possible future self-interest if the 2019 EU tax protocols are avoided.
The most important task now facing Labour is to ameliorate the damage already being inflicted on the UK, including to those who were deceived by Brexiteers.
It is not appropriate to comment on the Referendum choice of these Leave voters.
Rather, Labour must now deliver convincing and responsible leadership. Brexit is a disastrous idea which must be reversed forthwith.
Labour must explain, urgently, that legitimate and/or perceived issues such as immigration cannot in any case be addressed fully by Brexit. There are better, and decent, ways to cope with these issues; xenophobia is unacceptable. Likewise, our European neighbours deserve a respect and support which has thus far been withheld in the UK-EU ‘negotiations’.
The future interests of ordinary British people cannot be served by uncritical acceptance of the 37% vote (of those on this occasion enfranchised), on that day in 2016 and with tragically inadequate information, to support an Advisory EU Referendum option to Leave. This vote must not over-ride the subsequent convincing evidence that Brexit would be a disaster for the UK economy, for jobs, for health services, for food production and for working and human rights in the UK.
History will not excuse those who continue to press towards Brexit. We know from the recent statements by Lord Kerr, who wrote it, that Article 50 can be withdrawn.
In the interests of the many, not the few, we ask you Mr Corbyn, as Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition, to secure in a politically apposite manner the withdrawal of Article 50.
The United Kingdom must remain in the European Union.
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People with mobility challenges & physical disabilities love to travel as much as anyone else. Part of their experience is airline travel. Passengers with mobility challenges who use an electric (or manual) wheelchair want to use their chair in the cabin. This reduces the risk of damage to their expensive chairs and the stress & discomfort of transferring to their seat.
Currently, a wheelchair user has to overcome the challenge of transferring from their wheelchair to the seat on a flight. Airlines agree it could be done differently, but little has been done to actually implement a solution yet. This petition calls for Airlines based in Australia to change this. You may have a disability, be a carer for someone who has a disability or a family member that knows just how frustrating and upsetting it can be to fly with these sorts of restrictions. Let's tell our fantastic airlines that we want this to change!
There are designs for wheelchair users to wheel directly onto their flight, proving it is doable!
Here is a Youtube Video by Hank Scott, CEO at Molon Labe Seating who is collaborating with Delta and Boeing in the USA. https://youtu.be/pFkhj7xi1v8
Also, an organisation (All Wheels Up in the US) are trying to certify wheelchair fasteners on aircraft so that disabled passengers who use electric (or a manual wheelchair), can use their own equipment on the flight, instead of being transferred to an aircraft seat, proving it is doable!
Whatever the best solution is, will be worked out by Engineers, Policy Makers, Aircraft Designers. And yes, safety testing etc takes time. Right now though, we want Airlines to commit to implementing wheelchairs inside the cabin by 2025. 5 years should be long enough. Let's make it happen! Sign our petition. We will take our petition to Airlines in Australia and CASA, the governing body.
Who knows, they may even look at the necessity for disabled toilets on long haul flights as well!
Your comments are equally important.
Founder- Accessible Accommodation
PS here are links to just two excellent and practical designs:
Air 4 All system allows wheelchair users to travel in their own wheelchair on board a commercial aircraft without reducing the seat count for airlines. The design has been created by a consortium comprising PriestmanGoode, SWS Certification and Flying Disabled.
Kerry WilliamsMelbourne, Australia
Created Feb 6, 2020
Petition to Rt Hon Sajid Javid, Sir Jon Thompson, Rt Hon Boris Johnson, Rt Hon Rishi Sunak, Rt Hon John Glen, Rt Hon Simon Clarke, UK Parliament, Rt Hon Jesse Norman, Economic Affairs Committee