The Rt Hon Theresa May
The Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
London
SW1A  2AA

A. citizen
100 Any Road
Typical Town
County
England

Date: 2nd July 2018 

Dear Teresa May                                                                                                        

The UK EU Referendum Were the Public Misled

On the 23rd June 2016 the UK went to vote in a national referendum which would determine whether the UK would Remain a member of the EU or Leave the EU.  Our previous Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron had implemented his promise: if the Conservative party were elected, to hold a referendum on membership of the EU.  At the time there was an outcry as the government had produced and printed a pamphlet consisting of sixteen pages at public expense:

 Why the Government believes that voting to remain in the European Union is the best decision for the UK.

The pamphlet was delivered to all UK households. I understand that it cost ten million pounds.  There was considerable outrage at the time as large sections of the public felt that the government had acted unfairly when opposing views had considerably less to spend on their campaigns.

I voted to Leave the EU. However, on reflection' I think that under the circumstances the government were duty bound to advise the electorate as to whether to leave or remain members of the EU. Without doubt the government's advice was to remain members of the EU, its even in the title. The pamphlet is very well written and laid out. If people had difficult understanding the issues, they had plenty of time to ask friends and neighbours and listen to discussions on TV, radio, newspapers and the Internet.

It is surely nonsense that anyone could have been misled into voting to Leave the EU by the pamphlet.  It is simply absurd for anyone to suggest that they were misled to vote leave, on the contrary misled to remain could be a fairer claim.  May I remind the Prime Minister of her promises shortly after the referendum result was made known:

"On 27 June 2016, David Cameron's spokesperson stated that holding another vote on Britain's membership to the European Union was 'not remotely on the cards.'[310] Home Secretary Theresa May made the following comment when announcing her candidacy to replace Cameron as Conservative leader (and hence as Prime Minister) on 30 June: 'The campaign was fought ... and the public gave their verdict. There must be no attempts to remain inside the EU ... and no second referendum. ... Brexit means Brexit.'[311] The petition was rejected by the government on 9 July. Its response said that the referendum vote 'must be respected' and that the government 'must now prepare for the process to exit the EU".[312]

Unfortunately, owing to circumstances that you as prime minister have been unable to overcome, it is now over two years since the referendum in which over 17 million British people voted to Leave the membership of the EU.  I believe that would have been more if members of our government and others had not been carrying out scare mongering and we were not tied to a First Past The Post system of electing our MPs and an archaic House of Lords interfering.

Time has almost run out prime minister and I am sure that the public will not wish that negotiations are extended beyond the two years that are part of the EU's Article 50 Treaty on the EU.

Yours Sincerely,    A.Citizen