While it may sometimes seem that the Government is doing everything possible to make sure Brexit fails, we can’t just wait for Brexit to fail. As the damage done gets greater and greater, for the good of the UK, Europe and the wider world we must do what we can to stop it.
But what can each of us do? Read on!
Join Cambridge Stays
If you haven’t already done so join Cambridge Stays, by doing so you will not only be joining a network of people dedicated to preventing the damaging mistake that is Brexit, but your membership fee will help us to fund future events and initiative, and help us to work with groups across the UK (and beyond) who are campaigning to stop Brexit.
In a Parliamentary democracy one of the most powerful tools you have to influence the direction this country takes is your vote, so make sure that you register to vote and vote in every election you are qualified to vote in.
The local elections on the 3rd of May 2018 will be seen as a key indicator of whether the country has confidence in the Government, so it is vital to get out and vote for anti-Brexit candidates. Elections are taking place in Cambridge and many other areas of the country.
Citizens of EU member states, Commonwealth member states, and the UK are all entitled to vote in local elections, so make sure you register by Tuesday 17th April!
Contact your MP
Probably the single most effective action any of us can take is to contact our MP and discuss with them why it is so important that we halt Brexit and remain a member of the EU. Even if you are not entitled to vote in UK General Elections, for example if you are a citizen of another EU country, your MP is still supposed to represent you and your interests. You can contact your MP by writing to them, by email, or by arranging to talk with them at a constituency surgery.
We have a list of local MPs and their contact details, and you can also find out who your MP is, and their contact details, on the UK Parliament website. If you write to or email your MP you should try to:
- Keep your letter or email as short and to the point as possible, as MPs have limited time available to read constituency mail
- Keep to one, or at most two, issues per communication. It’s better to write several letters on different Brexit related issues over a few weeks than try to cram it all into one letter
- Make it personal. If you include examples from your professional or personal life to illustrate the points you are making it will make the letter or email more persuasive, as well as giving your MP ammunition when they discuss the issue with colleagues
- Include your full name, address and phone number, so your MP can confirm you are a constituent and contact you if they would like to discuss it further
- Keep it polite, as rude or threatening communications will only be counterproductive. Channel your anger carefully!
Write to your MEP
You can also write to your MEP, and you can find out who they are on the European Parliament website. MEPs will play an important role in the Brexit negotiations, so it is well worth your while to write to them (apart from the UKIP MEPS!).
Write to a member of the House of Lords
The fact that the Government does not have an overall majority in the House of Commons means that the House of Lords is in a stronger position than usual. This is important as the House of Lords, many of whose members are individuals with great experience and expertise outside politics, have been more vocal in their opposition to Brexit than the majority of MPs.
You can find a list of members of the House of Lords and their contact details on the UK Parliament website, and as they don’t represent a particular constituency it’s worth doing a little research to identify members who are interested in a particular issue or region before contacting them.
Write to your local newspaper
Even in this internet age local newspapers are widely read, and writing to your local newspaper can be a good way of drawing their editors attention to an issue, and also of showing to other readers that there are many who still oppose Brexit.
Letters to local newspapers need to be kept short – 200 words is the maximum allowed by most papers – be polite factual, and to be effective need to be sharply focused on one issue. There are some useful pointers here.
There are several newspapers in our region, but in Cambridge we have:
If you are a student you can also write articles for student newspapers, as well as sending in letters. In Cambridge the main student newspapers are:
Take part in an event
Whether it’s a march, a rally, a talk or just a meet up with other remain supporters, there’s always something happening. We regularly advertise upcoming events on our Facebook page and Twitter feed, and we also list them on our events calendar.
Tell us your ideas
Do you have an idea for an event, speaker, campaign or new initiative? Please contact us at email@example.com and tell us all about it!