Mass lobby and day of action 5 November 2018 – frequently asked questions
Yes. You don’t need to be able to vote to participate in the lobby. EU citizens can’t vote at all in general elections, but are still represented as constituents by their local MPs. Simply register for the lobby or e-lobby giving the constituency that you last lived in when you were in the UK, or you can use an address with which you have some connection – for example, where a member of your family lives. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been away.
My MP is an unsympathetic Conservative. Can I lobby someone else?
No. A mass lobby is a very specific thing, with particular rules, one of which is that everyone lobbies their own MPs. The subject matter of this lobby cuts right across party lines – it’s firmly about citizens’ rights – so it doesn’t matter where your MP sits in the house. In fact the more unsympathetic your MP, the more reason to invite them to take part in the lobby and sign the pledge!
What happens if I attend the lobby but my MP doesn’t turn up?
You can still take part in the other activities in the day of action.
- 10:00 Gather on Parliament Square to to form a human chain to 10 Downing Street
- 11:00 Short rally on Parliament Square before going to Parliament
- 13:00 – 16.00 Main lobby starts in Parliament
- 13.30 – 14.30 Statements by MPs and supporters of our campaign
- 14:30 – 16.00 EU citizens meet their MP – take a photo for social media, sign the pledge
- 16.00 Lobby in Parliament ends
Here’s another idea: you could team up with someone else who’s meeting their MP and go in together. We may be able to do a little ‘match-making’ on the day (watch this space) … but in any case it’s worth asking around during the morning to see if anyone is willing for you to join them. Two heads are better than one!
How will the e-lobby work?
There are full instructions here.
I’m going to London on the 5 November. What will happen? How will I know what to do?
Everyone will meet at Parliament Square at 10am – it’s important to try and be on time as we’re pretty sure you’ll want to take part in the first activity! Then simply follow along with the programme. You’ll receive an email with more details once you’ve registered.
If you’d like to make contact with British in Europe steering committee members, several of us with be there on the day. Look out for our name badges and come and say hello.
Is the mass lobby an anti-Brexit event?
No. It focuses on citizens’ rights, and specifically on ring-fencing. The clock is ticking and it really is the last chance we’ll have to make a big push for this, so please focus your discussions with your MP, or your letter if you’re an e-lobby participant, on asking for their support for the pledge. Every pledge signature counts.
If you’re attending the lobby in person, you need to remember that clothing or banners that carry a political message aren’t allowed into the Houses of Parliament.
Do I have to be a British citizen in the EU or an EU citizen in the UK to take part?
No. We positively welcome anyone who would like to support our campaign to take part in the lobby and either meet with your MP or join in the e-lobby. So for instance it would be great if you invited your friends and family to get involved with you, or if you can’t go to attend in your place. Just ask them to register for the lobby in the usual way.