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  • Dear Britain

    26 June 2014  17:24, by Alex from Carlisle

    ’As a Frenchman living in London ...’

    London =/= Britain

    Britain =/= London

    Really, London in my opinion is the least English place in England and the least British place in the whole of the British Isles. Your observances are thus only really applicable to the London area.

    I’m from the north of England and I vote UKIP. I’m sick of the Londoncentric LibLabCon and the Metropolitan Middle Class elites and their globalist agenda; and like Tolkien and Orwell before me I’m a Little Englander and proud to be one.

  • It’s not about them, it’s about YOU

    21 June 2014  17:24, by Alexander Peters

    Dear Mr. Iwantout,

    thank you for your straightforward and kind reply!

    Yes, I do agree with you – though mournfully - that under current circumstances Britain´s exit from the EU may be the only solution. It will be sad to part from “this precious stone set in the silver sea”. A Europe without Britain - that will be a rainbow with one of the bright household colours missing. A strong, united Europe including Britain would, of course, be more glorious than one without. However, that seems not to be on offer. Cameron-Britain leaves the Continent only with the choice between UK exit and an EU reduced to the confederate disunity irrelevance of, say, the Arab League or the CIS. - The choice should be “exit”, then.

    European nation-states have a uniquely long and proud past behind them, but no more future in front of them. Due to demographics, they no longer belong to the first rank of states and will soon find it difficult to hold on to Security Council seats or G7 membership. If they do not join forces NOW to meet the challenges from the US (NSA), Russia (Ukraine) or the emerging population-billionaires India and China, they will become the globe´s new banana republics – will become weak, pseudo-sovereign states, ruled and exploited by Non-European masters. Our freedom and heritage (both, shared values AND cultural diversity) can only be preserved by a politically united Europe.

    It is therefore vital that the present “intergovernmental” EU, which conflicts with democratic principle, turns every issue into an endless crisis and drives its citizens mad, is replaced by a parliamentary European Republic, which meets the demands of democracy, gets things done and inspires confidence. Whether such a republic extends to all the EU´s present 28 members, is, by contrast, only secondary: The 1956 Europe of the six founders, was really only a rump – but that rump was successful, made progress and proved irresistible to neighbours – among them sceptical Britain. The current EU of 28, by contrast, looks grand on the map, but is paralysed by internal squabbling and in danger of falling apart.

    Britain has already been granted numerous concessions – rebates, opt-outs - to accomodate her within the EU. But while these concessions already severely disfigure the EU´s architecture - e.g. the split between Eurozone and EU proper caused by the Sterling opt-out – they seem to have done nothing to reduce British hostility. At this juncture, Europe should therefore not contemplate any more concessions, but the simpler, stronger, more democratic EU, which UK exit would make possible: No more “no” to real parliamentary democracy or to common social, fiscal, defence and energy policies.

    Europe must show, what it can do – and if it succeeds, maybe even Britain will one day want to join it again.

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