Sign our open letter on tackling the causes of Brexit

Sign our open letter on tackling the causes of Brexit

This letter was published in the Observer on Dec. 9, 2018

As the Brexit debate in parliament reaches its peak, much of the public has been left cold. MPs have been so absorbed in backstops and withdrawal agreements that nobody is addressing the underlying problems that led many people to vote for Brexit.Far too many people are living in communities with proud histories that have nevertheless been battered by deindustrialisation and decades of neglect. The economic potential of these areas isn’t being realised, and many talented people feel hopeless and trapped.

Under-investment, public services starved of funds, an NHS under unprecedented strain, and our failure to integrate migrants better were not the only reasons people voted to leave the EU – and public spending isn’t the only answer. But these problems are crying out for attention whatever happens on Brexit and, without money, it will be harder to solve them.

All those signing this letter are campaigning for a People’s Vote on Brexit. We believe we will be better able to heal our divided country if we don’t quit the EU – not least because our politicians will finally have time to focus on issues other than Brexit.

Crucially, we will also have more money to spend if we stay in the EU. This would probably amount to tens of billions of pounds a year, according to a new report by CommonGround.

While different people will have different views about how to spend this “dividend”, the report proposes three ideas to bring our country together: a Jumpstart Fund for parts of the country starved of investment; a cash infusion for the NHS, above and beyond what the Prime Minister has promised; and a Migration and Communities Fund for areas where there have been sudden or significant population changes.

Staying in the EU will not automatically heal our country. But it will give us the resources to tackle our deep-seated problems so long as our politicians have the will to do so.

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This letter was originally signed by:

Lord Andrew Adonis – Member of the House of Lords, Labour Party
Aisha Ali-Khan – Co-Organiser Womens’ March London
Luciana Berger – MP, Liverpool Wavertree, Labour and Cooperative Party
Sian Berry – Co-leader, Green Party and London Assembly Member
Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE – DL Chairman, Cobra Beer Partnership
Tom Brufatto – Chair, Britain for Europe
Mike Buckley – Director, Labour for a People’s Vote
Professor Sir Harry Burns – Professor of Global Public Health, University of Strathclyde
Hannah Burrows – Yorkshire and Humber Campaigns Officer, European Movement
Ivor Caplin – Former Labour Defense Minister, Chair Jewish Labour Movement
Lord Michael Cashman CBE – Member of the House of Lords, Labour Party
Richard Corbett – MEP for Yorkshire & Humber and Labour Leader in the European Parliament
Caroline Criado Perez – Writer and Campaigner
Seb Dance – MEP for London, Labour Party
Dinesh Dhamija – Treasurer Liberal Democrats, Founder E-Bookers
Hugo Dixon – Co-founder CommonGround, Deputy Chair People’s Vote
Stephen Dorrell – Chair of the European Movement in the UK
John Edward – Former Head of the European Parliament Office Scotland
Sir David Edward
Rachel Franklin – Campaign director, Women for a People’s Vote
Mike Galsworthy – Director NHS against Brexit, Co-founder Scientists for the EU
Amika George – Period Poverty Campaigner
Shaista Gohir OBE – Executive Director Muslim Womens’ Network UK
Konnie Huq – TV presenter and writer
Dr Leyla Hussein – Psychotherapist and social activist
Will Hutton – Author and Economist
Christine Kahura – Barrister and Lecturer Catholic University of East Africa
Hanan Kattan – Film producer
Anatole Kaletsky – Director, Best for Britain
Helena Kennedy QC – Barrister, broadcaster and author
Stephen Kinsella OBE – EU Lawyer
Peter Kyle – MP, Hove and Portslade, Labour Party
Sir Andrew Large – Former deputy Governor, Bank of England
Christopher Leslie – MP, Nottingham East, Labour Party
Dame Mariot Leslie
Caroline Lucas – MP, Brighton Pavilion, Green Party
Prof Martin McKee CBE MD DSc FMedSci – Professor of European Public Health, Past President European Public Health Association
Clare Moody – MEP, South West England and Gibraltar, Labour Party
Dr Geeta Nargund – Founder and Medical Director, Create Fertlity, Senior NHS Consultant
John Nelson – Former Chairman, Lloyd’s of London
Maria Patsalos – Partner at Mishcon de Reya, Founder of immigration element of Pink Law
Adam Price – Member of the Welsh Assembly, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Leader Plaid Cymru
Baroness Joyce Quin PC – Member of the House of Lords, Labour Party
Tris Reid-Smith – Editor-in-Chief Gay Star News
Sir Simon Robertson – Former Deputy Chairman, HSBC
Roland Rudd – Chairman, Finsbury
Vonnie Sandlan – Former President of the NUS Scotland
Shamim Sarif – Novelist and filmmaker
Molly Scott Cato – MEP, South West England and Gibraltar, Green Party
Prof Tom Shuller – Former Dean of Continuing Education, Birkbeck
Geeta Sidhu-Robb – Founder and CEO Nosh Detox
Lara Spirit – Co-Founder, Our Future Our Choice
Jo Swinson CBE – MP East Dunbartonshire, Deputy Leader Liberal Democrats
Peter Tatchell – Human Rights Campaigner
Martin Taylor – Global CMO and Deputy CEO Redwood Technologies Group
Chuka Umunna – MP, Streatham, Labour Party
Anne Weyman OBE – Vice Chair of Britain for Europe
David Willetts – Member of the House of Lords, Conservative Party
Dr Paul Williams – MP, Stockton South, Labour Party