There are many things that may tickle your goat regarding Brexit. This last week has shown a profound lack of understanding of the difference between the single market and customs union. Losing access to Galileo and the attendant data maps is an ongoing embarrassment to a country that prides itself on its cutting edge technological capabilities. And since the Home Office throws away the landing documents of entire generations of immigrants, doubts on its ability to manage the rights of EU citizens alongside us seem increasingly pressing.
Where to find these stories? Follow our Brexit Bulletin, which now comes out as a weekly blog here.
2.Explain your concern
Explain the concern in general terms and then explain why you specifically have decided to write about it. For example, indicate that you are concerned about the number of nurses leaving the UK in conjunction with the crisis surrounding care for the elderly. This underlines the fact that Brexit will have huge repercussions that the Brextremists have failed to consider time and time again.
Being worried about a broad issue like ‘the economy’ makes it easier for someone to brush your concerns aside by picking any one part that is doing well and citing this as a reason not to worry. For example, ask directly about the falling foreign direct investment (which in 2016 was the lowest since records began according to the Office for National Statistics and which was only propped up in 2017 by two merger deals according to the Financial Times). This makes it harder for someone to dismiss you by citing the growth in the 3D printing industry to reassure that all is well.
4.Ask for action
Tell your Member of Parliament exactly what it is that you want them to do. After you have raised a concern which is relevant to you and backed it up by specific information, suggest to the MP what it is that they could to help. This could range from meeting industry leaders to writing to David Davis to asking questions during an upcoming vote.
5. "I'm writing as part of the 74,000 Campaign."
We want to ensure that every member of the electorate of Harpenden and Hitchin is heard on the issue of Brexit. So when you write to Bim, include a sentence in your letter that your're writing as part of the campaign. And if you bcc email@example.com you get bonus points because we can track the numbers contacting Bim on the subject.
6. Remain Polite
Remember that a Member of Parliament, any Member of Parliament, works hard. Though they work at the direction of the electorate they do so in the way that they think best. This won’t always match what you think. Regardless, you should write to them with the same tone you would expect to read in their reply.
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