Model letter to your MP – save our human rights
This is a model letter for members of the public to send to their MPs.
Please remember to include your postal address at the bottom of the email when you send it. You can find out who your local MP is, and how to contact them, here.
Dear [your MP’s name]
This Tuesday, 21st November, the House of Commons will again be considering amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill. I am writing to ask you to vote on one particular topic – the Charter of Fundamental Rights.
MPs on all sides of the House are uniting behind amendments to retain the Charter, which the Bill is currently set to abolish. The Charter on Fundamental Rights is a cornerstone of our human rights framework, and a wide range of civil society organisations and academics are deeply concerned that it might be abolished.
The Charter provides a range of protections, and goes further than the European Court of Human Rights in a number of key areas, such as the right to a fair trial, including the right of access to a lawyer; the right to deportation hearings; the protection of personal data; same-sex marriage; and employment rights.
The government claims that the Bill is not about diminishing rights – but that will clearly not be true if these important rights are abolished.
I would therefore urge you to vote for amendments that retain the Charter of Fundamental Rights. These are amendments 8 and 46 proposed by Dominic Grieve and Jeremy Corbyn.