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So, on Wednesday our glorious leader, Theresa ‘Will of the People’ May is going to trigger Article 50 and begin the process of ripping us, kicking and screaming, from the relative sanctuary and sanity of the EU. This is not something I voted for and is not what I wanted but it’s happening and there’s not a lot I can do now to change it. I’ve voted, I’ve blogged, I’ve protested, I’ve voiced my opinion, I’ve given countless explanations and justifications for what I believe but to no avail. It’s happening and, protest as I might, I don’t think anything can now stop it. All I can do is hope that when things go wrong, as I expect them to do, we will be allowed, by the other EU members, to rejoin.

But that’s a hope for the future. There are other more pressing, more immediate things which need to be challenged now before it’s too late. I have seen yet another news report about what Mrs M is proposing which, if it’s possible, scares me even more than leaving the EU. It scares the living daylights out of me. According to what I have just read, after triggering Article 50 on Wednesday, the government will then publish its Great Repeal Bill on Thursday.

The Great Repeal Bill? What’s that. We’ve all heard of it but how many of us know what it really means.

Well, according to everything I’ve found out so far and according to the original report I read, apart from anything else, this Bill will propose giving Government Ministers the power to change some aspects of European laws, when they have been incorporated into UK legislation, without needing the approval of Parliament.

Excuse me?

Can we just look at that again.

What is actually being proposed here?

This is a Bill which will give Tory Ministers the power to change our domestic laws without needing the approval of Parliament. This is a Bill which would give the Tories free rein to make whatever changes they want to our laws without any checks and balances. Without any way of stopping them, without any of us, or our elected representatives from other parties, having a say. I know one of the things the Brexit camp was advocating during the Referendum process was that by leaving the EU we could ‘take back control’ but was this really what the people who voted to leave the EU last June wanted? A Tory Government which can make up it’s own rules, unhindered, unopposed and unchallenged?

I don’t think so.

I really hope not at any rate.

In my opinion, as an idea, allowing a Government to do it’s own thing in this way is just so wrong, so frightening, so dangerous. I mean, as an idea it’s been tried before and it didn’t go too well then, so why we should, as a country, try it again defeats me. What is there about the idea which makes us think it could work this time when it went so terribly wrong last time. Nothing. Nothing good can possibly come from it. Have people really missed something we all supposedly learnt in our history lessons at school, or at least, did they not take sufficient notice of the lessons of the not so distant past not to say no, not again? Well, maybe we should take the time to look in our libraries and online for the information we all, so badly, seem to need. I know I only got a grade C at ‘O’ Level in the subject but, if I remember what I was taught correctly a certain Herr Hitler tried this trick too. In 1933, in Germany, the Enabling Act gave the German Cabinet, in effect, Chancellor Adolf Hitler, the power to enact laws without the involvement of the German Government, the Reichstag. Now, to me that sounds frighteningly familiar. To me, that sounds to be almost exactly the same thing that Mrs May is proposing for our country now. And I believe it is a step too far. Politicians from the ruling party getting rid of the laws they don’t like and imposing their own rules on the people without anyone being able to stop them from doing it. Just no. That is, in my opinion, a step too far down a path we should not travel. I am happy to admit that some of the laws that the EU makes may not the best and I’m happy to admit that some of these laws are not ideal for our country and may need tweaking but not without proper scrutiny and someone saying ‘No’ if necessary. When we elect our politicians we expect them to do this and keep us safe from legislation which could hurt us in the long term. And, the idea that our current Government, meaning the Tories, should be allowed to change things alone and at will is just terrifying and cannot be allowed.

We all need to write to our MPs, to our Party Leaders, to the Press, to everyone we can think of that may have any influence whatsoever begging them to try and stop this madness. We need to stop this country from becoming a dictatorship. Mrs May is proposing on taking a step too far down a destructive path which we should not travel and, somehow, she needs to be stopped before it’s too late.

Reusing a catchphrase from my childhood, we all need to ‘Just Say No’.

Following the vote in the House of Commons yesterday, 8th February 2017, giving the Prime Minister, Mrs May, a mandate to trigger Article 50 to leave the EU with the ‘European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill 2016-17, I am writing to you to beg you to oppose this Bill when it makes it’s transition to the Upper House.

We are being told by the Prime Minister that Brexit is ‘the will of the people’ but this is not true. 72.2 per cent of registered voters cast a vote in the EU Referendum. This equates to 33.6 million voters. Of those 33.6 million people, only 52% voted for leave whilst 48% voted remain. 52% of 33.6 million voters equates to only around 15 million people who voted to leave the EU, not the fanciful 65 million people Mrs May is relying on.

Please do not vote against the real ‘will of the people’ and drag us out of the EU and into a very uncertain and xenophobic future. If our collective aim is to ‘make Britain great again’, leaving the EU is not the way to do it. Please let us have a future to be proud of and to keep us all safe, for ourselves, our children and for future generations. Please vote against the Brexit Bill and send it back to the Commons defeated.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,
Poppy Hasted

Yesterday, I read a letter in the London Evening Standard, written by a friend of mine, concerning the on-going Brexit Saga. In this letter she refered to Brexiteers as ‘Brexit Bullies’ and how Brexit as being cited as the alleged ‘will of the British people’.

According to our Prime Minister, Theresa May, 65 million members of the British public support it. 

Well, as far as I am conerned this is not true.

This is very obviously untrue.

It is another Brexiteer fabrication

Brexit is not the ‘will of the people’. Simple maths shows how, yet again, we are being lied to.

Just looking at the published referendum voting figures, 72.2 per cent of registered voters cast a vote in the EU Referendum. This equates to 33.6 million voters. Of those 33.6 million people, only 52% voted for leave whilst 48% voted remain. 52% of 33.6 million voters equates to only around 15 million people who voted to leave the EU, not the fanciful 65 million people Mrs May is relying on.

So exactly where do her missing 50 million members of the British Public come from? Could she be trying to include the people who will  be the most affected by this decision, namely our children and young people, who never had a vote at all? If you listen to these very astute youngsters, they are largely in favour of remaining within the EU rather than leaving. As far as I am concerned, this is just another instance of adults saying ‘Don’t worry, we know best. We’ll decide for you’ without actually listening to what these people actually want.  

I am fed up with the people that my friend refered to as the ‘Brexit Bullies’ and the bully in chief, Theresa May, feeding us misinformation and lies to further their own cause. When will the Brexiteers finally admit that they are, yet again, bending the truth to suit their own agenda and, ultimately, do what they usually do and line their own pockets.  

When will ‘Remain’ politicians start to challenge the inaccurate figures that are being cited? When will people wake up and start fighting? When will the British Public shout out, ‘But this is not what we voted for’? These are our children’s and grandchildren’s futures they are playing with and we cannot allow it to continue. Britain is just a very little island in a very large world, not the leader of the massive Victorian trading empire we once were. We no longer have the influence we used to have and we are unlikely to ever have it again no matter how much some people want and believe it to be so. People are looking at the past through rose-tinted glasses and are seeing things that are no longer the case. We need to stop listening to the lies of the Brexit Bullies and letting them ruin our futures. If you think things are bad now, just wait and see how fast things will deteriorate if we allow Brexit to go ahead.

For the sake of our children and their children and their children and all of the generations to come, we must end this madness now, before it is too late.

Brexit Bullies begone and stop making things up to suit your own agenda, whatever that might be.

You have lied to us time and time again and we have had enough.

Just stop, it’s not too late if you act now and say ‘No more’. Listen to what we’re saying and end all the fanciful fabrication now, we are, at last, begining to see through all the lies to the disaster that is to come if you don’t pull back, now.