An Open Letter to Jeremy Corbyn

Dear Mr Corbyn

I write to you as my constituency MP, to urge you to use your vote in the House of Commons to block the invocation of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, and so prevent the disaster that Brexit will surely bring upon this country. You are widely respected for your work in North Islington, one of the most deprived constituencies in the UK, where you have stood up for the poor and dispossessed whose interests you have at heart. The most vulnerable will go the wall first.

The referendum result should not be seen as an unambiguous statement of the electorate’s settled will to leave the EU: it is too narrow for that interpretation; and the Leave campaign was a farrago of half-truths and downright lies, which will have deceived a fair number of voters about what Brexit would mean. If anything, the so-called ‘Project Fear’ by Remain underestimated the damage. The poorest will suffer the most. We can already see that the collapse of the currency and the stock market is sending the economy into a state of shock, perhaps recession. Investments are being suspended or stopped. Pension funds are worth less. Employers will make redundancies, and cut wages. There won’t be enough tax revenue for benefits or basic services.

Democracy is not served when the dice are loaded, as they were here, by a feral press, and by self-serving mendacious leaders. Accepting the result just because it’s a vote is not good enough in these circumstances, when so much is at stake. Your vote against Brexit in Parliament, and your ability to explain your vote, could save the country from the disaster it faces. It will save the very people who are closest to your heart, and their children and grandchildren, from years of intense uncertainty (at best) – and maybe it will even save Parliamentary democracy itself. Ask yourself this: if the Tories had offered a referendum on the death penalty, and 51.9% of the electorate voted for it, would you just accept it?

It’s not too late, even now. Please don’t let them have their way. Vote Brexit down.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Francis FitzGibbon

 

 

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An Open Letter to Michael Gove & Boris Johnson

Dear Mr Gove and Mr Johnson

I won’t question your motives: I accept you thought that Brexit was genuinely in the United Kingdom’s best interests, long and short-term.

Please look around you today: the markets here and across the world have fallen, because of Brexit, wiping billions off the value of pensions and businesses. Our international credit rating has slipped. The City is preparing for an exodus – of people and their tax revenues. The Bank of England is preparing to put £250 billion into the economy – some one will have to pay that back, one day. We have lost a Prime Minister. We have lost our EU Commissioner. The peace in Northern Ireland is at risk. Scotland may secede. The young see their horizons and opportunities closing. We are losing friends around the world.

These losses, and others we don’t yet know about, may continue, indefinitely. You cannot have wanted any of this.

The result was close – 51.9% is hardly overwhelming, not in a vote about the nation’s future, for generations to come.

Think again. It’s not too late. The protest voters have made their protest, and many are regretting it. The minority of out-and-out racists must not be allowed to dictate to the nation. We know now that you will not have £350 million per week to spend on the NHS, or anything else; we know that immigration will continue. While the exit process and the redrafting of myriad laws is underway, ordinary government will be hobbled, for years to come. The control you take back will be control of a poorer, unhappier, smaller, lonelier country.

None of this is in the national interest. Show wisdom and courage. Admit the mistake, measure the EU’s faults against the greater dangers that are already beginning to hurt us. It’s not too late. Re-engage with the EU and the member states. ‘One more such victory, and we are undone.’

Yours sincerely

 

Francis FitzGibbon