Reasons for us to stay within EU
I WAS looking through a cupboard for some old documents recently, when I found a First World War medal I'd inherited from my grandma.
It had been presented to her family after one of her brothers was announced to be missing in action, presumed dead.
I'll bet though, that he and the millions of others, who suffered a similar fate, might have preferred to live in a very different kind of Europe – a Europe of countries at peace with each other and where those citizens have the freedom to travel, work and trade in 27 countries – that accounts for 500 million people and 20 per cent of global GDP, with 17 of those countries even sharing the convenience of the same currency. He might also have preferred to live in a Europe where he could go, not to war, but to court, to protect his human rights and fundamental freedoms – freedoms bound by international treaty under the European Convention on Human Rights.
Now I'm not trying to pretend that the EU is perfect. It isn't. But neither is anywhere else. And anyway, it isn't so broke that I'd swap it for the vague muddle of a vision its Europhobe detractors would try to present if they could ever get past the populist mud slinging stage.
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When British business leaders and even the US government express concern about possible UK disengagement with the EU I think you have to question the wisdom of exactly where the Euro-sceptic bandwagon is taking us.
I'd much rather that Britain remaind in the EU, where we can all work through our problems together, as friends and partners, than condemn future generations to the impoverished prospect of an isolated nation squabbling with it's neighbours, struggling to find a place and earn a living in a different and difficult world and with only the glory of earning medals for their young to aspire to.
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