Key Documents to Cite in Letters to MPs

Commons Briefing Paper 7212, sections 5 and 6 (“This Bill … does not contain any requirement for the UK Government to implement the results of the referendum”).

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7212/CBP-7212.pdf

 

Statute for EU Referendum compared with statute for AV Referendum, indicating no section on criteria for implementation (section 8 in AV Referendum)

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2015/36/contents/enacted

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2011/1/part/1/crossheading/result-of-the-referendum/enacted

 

Standard Note PC02809, describing UK system as “consultative”, p. 13

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/SN02809/SN02809.pdf

 

Commons blog post by clerk Elise Uberoi (author of Briefing Paper 7212), describing MPs’ need to balance constituents’ wishes with “enlightened conscience” (a reference to Edmund Burke)

https://commonslibraryblog.com/2016/07/08/brexit-the-people-vs-parliament/

 

MPs’ Code of Conduct; III, 6, “a special duty to their constituents” and “a general duty to act in the interests of the nation as a whole”.

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201012/cmcode/1885/188502.htm

 

You can also draw your MP’s attention to the Government’s own statement of these “interests of the nation as a whole” regarding Brexit, in leaflet of 11-13 April 2016, namely: “This leaflet sets out the facts, and explains why the government believes a vote to remain in the EU is in the best interests of the people of the UK”,

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/why-the-government-believes-that-voting-to-remain-in-the-european-union-is-the-best-decision-for-the-uk/why-the-government-believes-that-voting-to-remain-in-the-european-union-is-the-best-decision-for-the-uk

 

You can question your MP on the legality – or at least propriety – of the Government declaring, in its leaflet, “we will implement what you decide”, without supporting basis for this promise in statute passed by Parliament

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/why-the-government-believes-that-voting-to-remain-in-the-european-union-is-the-best-decision-for-the-uk/why-the-government-believes-that-voting-to-remain-in-the-european-union-is-the-best-decision-for-the-uk

 

And you can question your MP on the justice of Phillip Hammond’s exclusion of 16-17 year olds, EU-27 citizens and over-15 year ex-pats from the franchise, on 9 June 2015. Irish citizens got the franchise, and they are EU-27 – so why not other EU-26?.

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2015-06-09/debates/15060939000001/EuropeanUnionReferendumBill

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