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Reader’s comment: The EU cause is not noble


In response to Sean Walsh: Over Brexit, uncertainty is the one thing we can be sure of, Tee2 wrote:

Excellent article, thank you. Seems to me that life’s greatest pleasure always comes about as a result of overcoming uncertainty. If we trundle through life without either extreme of pain or pleasure, that isn’t living, that’s merely existing. We feel most alive when we have to use our imagination and resourcefulness to overcome unexpected adversity and when we prevail, especially if that’s against all odds, that’s when we’re happiest to be alive.

It is no coincidence that from the greatest time of uncertainty, during war and conflict, there springs the greatest innovation and invention, the greatest acts of sacrifice and human kindness, the greatest sense of shared experience and national unity.

In the context of the EU, it may have had its origins (so we have been told repeatedly) in a noble cause, to unite the people of Europe, to avoid future conflict, and yet we know this was always a subterfuge, a means to destroy the concept of nation, to create a superstate, not for the benefit of the little people but for the benefit of an ideal, a vision of Europe subverted to the will of a handful of ideologues. If the European project had been such a noble aspiration, why would it have been necessary to hide its ultimate aims, to dress it up as a trade agreement then stealthily, and over a protracted length of time, gather greater powers unto itself? The only certainty is that the machine of the EU will, if permitted, continue on its current course and with that, potentially, the destruction of national identity across Europe. The slow demise of a continent rich in art and culture, united by our Christianity (in traditions and, for many, in faith).

The EU and successive governments would have us believe that the only certainty of prosperity and peace lies in a destiny with the European project, but where is that certainty? Did they foresee the crash of 2008, the migrant crisis, do they know what may happen in the future? No. There is as much uncertainty in the EU as there is outside it, after 40-plus years it’s time for change, to discard the status quo, to embrace future challenges and uncertainty as an independent nation ready to reinvigorate itself. Otherwise there is merely existence, stasis and a future of politically correct automatons singing Ode to Joy.

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