Three things we can all do to help secure a People’s Vote

We can win this thing one conversation at a time, but that means every one of us has to pull a shift.

I suggest 3 simple things that everyone in here can do right now.

1. Write to your MP and tell them you want a Peoples Vote. It doesn’t matter who they are or what party or what they’ve said on this. Write to them as a voter. A short, polite email is fine.

2. Now go to the People’s Vote website and sign the petition. Also check out the briefings and other material there.

3. Think of 5 people in your life who you’ve never talked to about politics. Friends, neighbours, family, colleagues – whatever. And talk to them. In your own way, tell them Brexit is not inevitable, the PM has made a mess of it, Vote Leave broke the law to win, and young people feel betrayed. Ask them if they really think Nigel Farage, IDS and Jacob Rees Mogg are the best people to set our country’s future direction. Tell them the way out of this mess is a Peoples Vote, and that the 700,000 people who marched on Saturday are just the tip of the iceberg.

If they agree, ask them to follow these 3 steps!

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  • David Becket 23rd Oct '18 - 9:55am

    If politicians had listened to the hundreds of thousands who marched against the Iraq War the world would be a safer and richer place.
    If they now listened to the hundreds of thousands who marched for a peoples vote then Europe, including the UK, is likely to be a safer and richer place.

  • If I write to my MP and ask for a “people’s vote”, he will say, quite rightly, that we had one in 2016. Why don’t we be honest and say we want a second referendum in the light of information unavailable two years ago. As I’ve said on another thread here, if one is agreed, it needs quite a different campaign i.e. one highlighting positive reasons to remain, not prediction of doom if we leave as was the case before. As someone once said, insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Also we need to get away from the stereo typing of how people voted. For example, I am retired and “uneducated” (i.e. went to work straight from school) so the (incorrect) assumption is made that I voted leave. If we want to win people over, it will be by persuasion and being honest, not by insulting them.

  • Richard C – you can phrase it however you like. If you don’t like ‘peoples vote’ call it something else, and yes make the argument that we now know more than we did in 2016. That’s all you need to say. The point is to build on Sunday’s march by putting pressure on all MPs. I completely agree with you about the tone of the next campaign, but let’s actually get one first, and that means pressuring Labour and Tory MPs. (And indeed LibDem ones, if you happen to live in Eastbourne!) I’m tired of seeing MPs say “Nobody in my constituency has contacted me asking for a public vote”. Let’s at least spike that argument.
    Last month I wrote to my SNP MP about this, when their position was still against a vote on the deal. Her reply showed she was clearly uncomfortable with their official line. A few weeks later they shifted. Now I’m not saying that was all down to my one email, but it can’t have done any harm. I’m certainly glad I sent it.

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