Six MPs – Hilary Benn, Yvette Cooper, Frank Field, Norman Lamb, Angus MacNeil, and Caroline Spelman – have together written to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, to Chair a ‘Citizens’ Forum on Brexit’. It may well be that such a Forum could do good work. But the Archbishop, by the very nature of his role, is not suited to this task.
If a citizens’ forum were to go ahead, what is needed is a widely respected figure known for impartiality and expertise. Not a divisive figure who, by the very nature of his role, cannot speak for the 88 percent of the country who nowadays do not consider themselves to belong to the Church of England.
We’ve suggested some text you can use, but please, if you are able, do edit it to make it more personal – we know that MPs are more likely to take notice of personalised emails and queries, which are infinitely more powerful than standard letters.
Humanists UK does not take a position on whether or not there should be a citizens’ forum, and has written the letter in a fairly neutral way accordingly. If you want to customise it to express your own views on this question, please go ahead.
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