Letter: The parting words my MP sent as I left Britain for France due to Brexit

PUBLISHED: 14:09 09 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:09 09 March 2018

The French and EU flag. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Images.

The French and EU flag. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Images.

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Rick Llewellyn wrote to his MP one final time before leaving Britain and emigrating to France. Here he quotes the parting words he received from his MP.

On February 24 I wrote to my (now ex) Labour MP John Cryer asking to be removed from his mailing list. I explained: “As a consequence of Brexit my French partner and I have now moved to France. I hope, Mr Cryer that you are pleased that your vote for Brexit has caused the chaos, division and long-term economic damage to the UK that it was predicted it would. I continue to be supportive of the leadership and remain a party member.”

I thought you would be interested in seeing the insulting reply Mr Cryer sent me: “I would remind you that 17 million people voted for Brexit not just one, and that I did not participate in any campaign. Further, it might have been better if you had chosen to argue with me before the plebiscite not after.

“Since you have been in the habit of throwing around accusations, perhaps for once you might turn your attention to providing some answers to me. Do you regard the council of ministers (the real EU parliament as the institution with that name is not a parliament) and the European Commission as sufficiently democratic and accountable?

“Do you regard the EU’s treatment of developing countries as equitable and fair? Do you regard rulings by the ECJ – such as Viking and Laval – and directives such as the Posted Workers’ Directive as fair toward trade unions and working people?

“Do you, similarly, regard the treatment of the elected government of Greece at the hands of the council of ministers and the ECB as fair and in the interest of democracy?

“You may feel that rising rates of malnutrition among Greek children is a price worth paying to save the euro and austerity. I do not.

“We are never going to agree on this. However, I take the view that, in a democracy, others are entitled to their point of view. You do not seem to share this perspective.”

Rick Llewellyn, Menton, France

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