Chris, a Conservatives voter from Loughborough, wrote an Open Letter to his local MP, Nicky Morgan, to explain why he voted for the Green Party and the Lib Dems in the local elections, and why he intends to keep voting for Remain parties to get a People’s Vote.
Dear Mrs Morgan,
While I appreciate that, regardless of Brexit outcome, there will be a significant portion of the population who will feel let down in some way, I am keen to give my observations from the last few months.
There is no mandate for any of the Brexit options on offer.
While you may disagree with this, and will likely still push for the Malthouse Agreement approach, you know there are many flaws with it. It does not totally resolve concerns with the Irish backstop and would still require changes to the withdrawal agreement or political declaration. I believe it is also true that the withdrawal agreement would still need to pass through the Commons. This will never happen.
Even if Labour manages to fudge some sort of agreement with the Conservatives, it is highly likely that there will still be not enough support for it to pass through the Commons. And when all of the above comes true, the only thing left on the table is “No deal”, and we all know the disaster that would be. It would undoubtedly mean yet another extension if one would even be granted, more time wasted, more money wasted and more uncertainty at a time when our country needs to focus on much more.
The electorate has unequivocally changed its mind, and its demographic has changed.
It has been three years since the EU referendum bore a result that was a very slim majority – nationally and locally, as I’m sure you know. Since then, as many as two million young people have become eligible to vote. Let’s not get into the fact that such a landmark future-changing decision should have included the vote of 16-17-year-olds anyway, but they can vote now, and they deserve a say on their own future.
Not only that, but while the position of some has not changed, many people have changed their minds since the referendum. You only need to look at the @RemainerNow movement on Twitter. I have friends and colleagues who voted Leave, who would now wish to remain. Many of them think the outcomes of Brexit are not what was promised, feel they were outright lied to during the campaign, or did not fully understand the positive impact of our EU relationship.
The local elections WERE used as a political protest about Brexit.
I have witnessed some serious delusion coming from both Conservatives and Labour MPs today. Delusion over what the result actually means. I am not sure what your analysis is, and I appreciate our own Borough has not even finished counting yet, but from the results so far it is clear that Conservatives and Labour are heading towards their biggest local election losses for up to 15-20 years and this can only be down to the way that both parties have handled Brexit.
If you combine the Tory in-fighting with the submissive stance of Labour, it is clear that the electorate wants both parties out of the process and to change their stance completely. While I accept that these elections are a local concern, the reason for the underlying anti-Brexit message should be clear – we are all yearning to have a say on the final outcome of the Brexit process, and this is the first democratic opportunity we have had for that.
Yesterday, for the first time in 15 years, I voted for parties in an election who were not representing the Conservatives. My wife and I voted for the Green Party and the Liberal Democrats. I am going to continue to vote for parties who overall support remaining in the European Union and/or a People’s Vote. Had the Labour NEC the other day signalled unequivocally they supported the only democratic option on the table, i.e. a People’s Vote, the story today would have been much more different. Instead of massive gains for the Liberal Democrats and massive losses for Labour, it would have been massive gains for Labour and monumental losses (even more so) for the Conservatives.
This also means, Nicky, that should there be a general election at any time in the near future, I cannot in good conscience vote for you. It will be the first time I have not voted for you since I moved to the area over 10 years ago. I no longer feel you are representing your constituency effectively over the Brexit process, and where your time could be spent fighting for democracy, you are instead fighting for a Brexit plan which has already proved it doesn’t have enough support.
That said, I am writing to you because I still have faith that you can do the right thing for your constituents, and your country. It is not too late to change your mind, and, if you do, then it should be acknowledged that the country may have too.🔷
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(This is an original piece, first published by the author in PoliticsMeansPolitics.com. | The author writes in a personal capacity.)