#24ReasonstoRemain - 45 Years of Peace
By Madeleina Kay in #24ReasonstoRemain booklet
There have been 45 years of peace since the UK joined the then European Economic Community in 1973. It is now over 70 years since the end of WWII, which is the longest period in two millennia that any of the 28 countries that now comprise the EU have not been at war with each other.
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union for the "successful struggle for peace and reconciliation and for democracy and human rights. The stabilizing part played by the EU has helped to transform…a continent of war to a continent of peace." (Source: Norwegian Nobel Committee press release. Oct 2012)
"Even Boris Johnson says the EU was 'born of the highest motives - to keep the peace in Europe.'" (Source: New Statesman. 9 May 2016)
Our internal and external security is stronger if we remain in the EU. Is it worth the risk of losing that?
We are now living in a much more dangerous world than when the referendum was called in May 2016. Trump, Putin, Xi, Erdogan, and Kim are all egoistic leaders who have threatened or engaged in military action. Conflict in the Middle East has widened and continues to export terrorism. This is not a conducive geopolitical context for Theresa May's 'Global Britain' foreign policy. William Hague, former Foreign Secretary, in a statement to the House of Lords: "If you are less influential in crafting the overall approach of the EU you end up with less influence in the rest of the world." (Source: BBC News. 6 July 2017)
David Davis, our 'Brexit bulldog', accepted the UK's vulnerability as he sought a 'security partnership' with the EU "that allows us to tackle the full range of threats that we face... Pan European cooperation has kept people safe. It has kept people alive. And it has protected the peace."(Source: rusi.org. Davis' speech at the Royal United Services Institute, 6 June 2018)
No hard border in the island of Ireland was one of three original conditions set by the EU in the Brexit talks.
"The Good Friday Agreement… was thanks in part to Britain & Ireland sitting together in all the EU institutions, discovering mutual respect and forging frequent alliances over four decades. [It] also reassured Irish nationalists that…the border could become all but invisible… Both sides welcomed a flood of money from Brussels to underpin cross-border trade, economic development, jobs and reconciliation." (Source: Quentin Peel, InFacts. Irish Problem shows EU is peace project, 27 Feb 2018)
Northern Ireland voted 56/44 to remain in the referendum. Tony Blair has said he finds it 'absolutely extraordinary' that many unionists in Northern Ireland support Brexit, given its potential consequences for the region's political settlement. (Source: Belfast Telegraph. 9 Apr 2018)
"The British government are not at all clear about what their future relationship with the European Union is going to be and they are arguing that they are going to leave the customs union and the single market and that will end up a complete disaster for people here on the island of Ireland…People have got used to peace". - Gerry Adams (Source: Interview on the Andrew Marr Show. BBC1, 4 Feb 2018)
No acceptable solution to the Irish border issue has been found.