What Churchill would have thought of Brexit

your say February 14, 2018 01:00

Re: “Britain is facing its 21st-century ‘Darkest Hour’ without a Churchill”, Have Your Say, yesterday. 

Regarding the EU, let’s not forget what Churchill actually said in a speech at the University of Zurich on September 19, 1946:

“I am now going to say something that will astonish you. The first step in the recreation of the European Family must be a partnership between France and Germany. In this way only can France recover the moral and cultural leadership of Europe. There can be no revival of Europe without a spiritually great France and a spiritually great Germany. The structure of the United States of Europe, if well and truly built, will be such as to make the material strength of a single state less important. Small nations will count as much as large ones and gain their honour by their contribution to the common cause.”

A reading of Hansard (transcripts of parliamentary debates in Britain) of the 1950s will show Churchill was favourably disposed towards Europe.

Ian Martin