Last Saturday, March 25th, marked the sixtieth anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome. Through this treaty six nations bound themselves together in economic co-operation and formed “The Common Market”. That entity subsequently morphed into,what is now the European Union (EU).
A fortnight ago today I visited the Imperial War Museum with my two youngest sons. We went through the First Word War exhibition. it was gruesome, sobering and left me somewhat sombre. One of the things that struck me about it, was how independent nations states. fell, like a pack of cards, into alliances which led to a grotesque period of warfare with terrible suffering.
What alarms me about Brexit is that it is a move away from a group of states in union together towards independent nation states who are in it for themselves. “Make Britain great again” and all that. The EU, with all of its failings, binds nations together.
I remember my Uncle Arthur’s argument, at around the time of the referendum in 1975, that one of the main reasons for joining The Common Market was that it would counteract any tendencies towards countries warring together.
There does seem to be a groundswell of desire around Europe to move away from the EU. This leaves me concerned given what happened to create the First World War.