14 November 2018
Letter to Greg Hands Member of Parliament for Chelsea & Fulham
Dear Sir, We now have a breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations which as reported by the BBC News last night (13 November 2018) is a “mutual understanding”. Whether this mutual understanding is to agree or is an understanding about what the agreement will be is another issue and whether this whole “understanding” concept extends to a divided Cabinet and Parliament both of which reflect a divided British society caused by this generation of Tories is another issue all together.
The Prime Minister’s latest “still to be negotiated deal” places the United Kingdom in the worst of possible situations. While uncertainty from unfinished negotiations will continue for years we will nonetheless remain subject to EU rules and regulations but have no say over these same rules which will continue to affect both our economy and lives.
Should you believe that Remainers are either taking delight in this or find this acceptable, you err gravely.
To the extent yourself or anyone would argue that the people voted for the possibility of a no deal Brexit in the 2016 referendum I would note, that, democracy and the “will of the people” is not only about and expressed through the act of placing a mark on the ballot. More specifically, I would remind you that the 51.8% was obtained in a campaign where Leavers i) purposefully confused the issues of political refugees (Syrian refugees) with the EU mobility right, ii) claimed Turkey was about to join the EU with its approximate population of 80 million obtaining freedom of movement into the UK, iii) that £ 350 million a week would be freed up and made available to our underfunded NHS, iv) promised that EU Nationals would not be used as pawns ( imagine the spin in the media and the reaction of a few voters at least if they had known that at one point that PM May would reportedly utter that Leave campaign policy on this issue was not government policy) etc…
Certainly you can understand the hesitation of many a constituent of yours in accepting the political legitimacy and perhaps legal legitimacy of the 2016 referendum for either the PM’s supposed current deal or even a no deal scenario.
Moreover your duties as a Member of Parliament would certainly include questioning the direction this process is heading in for EU nationals currently living in the UK when just after the Windrush generation debacle mostly presided over by the current PM when she was at the Home Office is followed by the reassuring performance of Caroline Nokes before the Home Affairs Committee.
How many of your future constituents or people now living in Chelsea & Fulham may potentially fall into this quagmire that Minister Nokes was advocating?
Finally, the economic cost of a no deal scenario or the PM’s new current deal would be most felt by those who the misrepresentations and distortions made during the referendum campaign and noted above were directed at, notably, council estate kids, lower income households, and the north-east.
The shameless act of risking both the peace process and unionism in Northern Ireland over a leader and government clinging to power is shameless and unbecoming of the British Parliament.
Should the above and your party’s reduction to a minority government in the 2017 election after your leader specifically played the Brexit card when she began tumbling in the polls not convince you that the House of Commons and you as an MP should act to stop this self-inflicted coming crisis and disaster, then, I would think that you would at least consider handing over the decision making, once more to the people by supporting a second referendum where all three options of the PM’s deal, leaving with no deal, and remain are on the ballot.
To do nothing would be to abdicate your responsibilities to your constituents, to Parliament and to your country.
John Nucciarone is a Canadian and member of the New York Bar who chose to become an Italian National in order to make his life in the United Kingdom and participate in the affairs of the European Union and Continent.