LETTER: Could Churchill’s ‘dark ages’ return to Europe?

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There is no contradiction between being proud to be British and wanting to stay in the EU.

Britain is a great place to live. It has an admirable tradition of democracy, freedom, and human rights. It has a distinguished record of talent and innovation.

I am really proud to be British.

But I am also proud of our common European values and see no conflict between the two.

How do we ensure our grandchildren live in an area where democracies flourish, people are free and rights are respected? How do we avoid returning to the European wars that for hundreds of years were the norm?

Churchill understood what was at stake.

Speaking in 1946 on “The Tragedy of Europe,” he warned that the dark ages could have ‘returned in all their cruelty and squalor’ and ‘may still return’.

The remedy was ‘to recreate the European Family’, providing ‘a structure under which it can dwell in peace, in safety and in freedom’.

Could Churchill’s ‘dark ages’ return to Europe?

Images of the Bosnian concentration camps in the 1990s were a shocking reminder of the war.

The protagonists were not members of the EU.

To join, they had to show they had ‘stable institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights and protection of minorities’.

If the EU broke up as a result of our walking away, the peace and security that is now the norm would be endangered.

Colin Wilsdon

County councillor for Hassocks 2001 - 2013

The Crescent, Hassocks


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