Marches, vigils, protests and petitions all have their place, but don’t be so distracted that you fail to respond to the progress of bills through Parliament.
MPs return to Parliament on Tuesday 5th September 2017 and they will commence the Second Reading of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill on Thursday 07 September and Monday 11 September 2017.
Remainers, we need to read through the Bill (303k) and ask questions on Twitter, Facebook, forums and real life, right now, to learn which are the crucial clauses which need amending.
The Government has left very little time between MPs returning to work and the Second Reading, deliberately, to give less time for MPs to file amendments.
With some answers, we can email our MPs and tell them what we want them to do.
If this bill gets through the Houses of Parliament unamended, it’s pretty much game over.
The Government will try to claim that because these type of bills were in the Queen’s Speech, that the Salisbury Convention does apply and the bill should be waived through. This might not be the case however as Parliament is ‘hung’ with no party having a majority. Maybot is reliant on the votes of the DUP to try to get her crucial bills through, with a Confidence and Supply arrangement. Mayhem is so much more weakened by the disastrous (for her) General Election, that MPs may well feel more rebellious.
You’ll notice that The People’s March 4EU takes place on 09 September in between the two chunks of the Second Reading.
It would be great to have petitions to stop Brexit and letters objecting to clauses in this bill thumping on desks and emails pinging in inboxes on the Monday and Tuesday. We, as individuals, can make our voices heard.
In this instance, it might work better to write rather than email your MP. The majority of us send emails, but it’s simple to send out a template email reply.
Letters are physical things however, which have to be opened and dealt with. MPs usually respond in kind so you should get a Commons headed letter back on beautiful paper courtesy of your taxes.
A letter to your MP doesn’t need to be fancy. You can use your normal printer paper. Put your postal address on it, so that your MP knows that you’re a constituent – they don’t have to respond to people who aren’t constituents.
The address for all MPs:
Name Surname MP
House of Commons