26 Mar, 2019
Chair's message to members - 26 March 2019
Dear Member or Supporter
My advice not to sign the petition calling for the revocation of Article 50 given that "a people's vote may not happen" has attracted criticism from a number of members. In the light of these views I am withdrawing my advice.
I am grateful to everyone who wrote to me for taking the time to do so. It is always helpful to hear directly from members, whether in support of or opposed to something I have written.
My concern is still there: we have over the last few months succeeded in uniting the Remain movement around the one democratic and honourable process for reversing Brexit that could enable the country to heal afterwards: a referendum on the terms with the option to Remain (People's Vote). We should not deviate from that course. Nor should we do anything that allows our opponents to paint us as anti-democratic. The march that we all went on and that your efforts made such a success was called "Put it to the People".
I also suggest that the ruling of the ECJ that any revocation of the Article 50 notification would have to be in an “unequivocal and unconditional manner”, where “the purpose of that revocation is to confirm the EU membership of the Member State concerned …, and that revocation brings the withdrawal procedure to an end.” means that revocation could not be used to provide an opportunity to rethink whether the country still wanted Brexit and have a referendum afterwards.
However, several of those who wrote to me saw the petition more as expressing the strength of feeling for Remaining in the EU, rather than advocating a specific means of getting there; or held that Parliament would interpret the petition as relating to the action to be taken after a referendum.
London4Europe is a membership organisation. We exist for all of our members. In the light of objections I withdraw my request to members not to support the petition.
This e-mail sets out the personal views of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of London4Europe.
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