LETTER: Ill-prepared to leave Europe

The following (edited) letter has been sent to Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell:

According to one Conservative MP interviewed by Faisal Islam the leaders of the Vote Leave Campaign never put together a plan for what should happen if they won the referendum. This was corroborated later in a TV interview with Ian Duncan-Smith.

You sent out emails to Eastbourne citizens, me included, stating that you were going to vote to leave the EU. Did you make that decision knowing that there was no plan prepared or in preparation by the Vote Leave team for what should happen if their campaign was successful?

If you imagined that there was something being thought out how do you feel now that you know that there is nothing prepared?

How many people who voted for Brexit would have done so if they had known how ill-prepared the Vote Leave team really were?

What we have now is a situation where a small majority overall, 52 per cent to 48 per cent, of the British people have voted to leave the EU on the basis of a lot of very misleading information by the Vote Leave campaign.

At the same time it is becoming very apparent that this Brexit vote has already been very damaging to the UK. Scotland is seriously considering a second independence referendum. Northern Ireland faces the undermining of the Good Friday Agreement. Banks in London are already planning to move parts of their operations elsewhere. Petitions are in circulation for independence referenda in cities that are strongly in favour of remaining in the EU. The nation’s credit rating has already been down-graded. There has been a marked increase in racist acts.

From media interviews it appears that a proportion of those who voted to leave did so as a protest against austerity not expecting it to result in a win for leave and are now having second thoughts. My understanding of our constitution is that you are a representative of the citizens of Eastbourne not a delegate and that the result of the referendum is ‘advisory’ to parliament and government not mandatory.

My request as a member of your constituency is that you put forward the view to parliament that the advice of this referendum be rejected and that Article 50 should not be triggered. Also that the Vote Leave campaign should be offered the chance of a second referendum at a time when they have a clear plan of what they want for the nation’s future and when they have clarified their negotiating position with the EU and are ready to step in immediately to do so, not leaving the nation with months of debilitating political uncertainty.

John Hirst

Arundel Road

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