This is our second issue devoted solely to the issues arising from the UK Referendum due to take place on June 23rd. The three articles we published on April 1st added to the three here, hopefully gives all the information necessary to understand this undoubted crisis for the UK and perhaps the EU.
An EU referendum check list,” by Peter Crisell summarises the issues that have been and still are being ‘fought’ over. “Brexit & Scotland,” the foreseen consequences north of the border of a Brexit win, by Sara Bielecki, considers the potentially shattering consequences, if Scotland against its will is dragged on England’s coat-tails out of the European Union. As we explain, it potentially threatens the concept and reality of the United Kingdom itself which could be the biggest casualty here. Finally, in the face of all the negativity provoked by the Referendum campaigns: “In Praise of the European Project” by Clive Lindley, looks at the positive aspects of what in the fullness of time, may follow the continuing success of the economic European Union.
For the Brits and their friends around the world, June 23rd is a critically important date. We at NewNations have seen no merit in the calls for ‘independence’ and the echoes of an uglier time in politics, which we fear may be repeated should Brexit prevail. Our part has been to present as much relevant information as possible, so that our international readers remain well informed and our UK readers hopefully reject this so-called independence, which is nothing of the sort.
Clive Lindley – Publisher/Editor
On June 23rd Britain will decide in a referendum whether to leave or remain within the European Union. In the April edition of newnations.com, we discussed the historic reasons for Britain’s ambivalence and insularity about Europe, the divisions in the Tory party which precipitated the referendum, the issues concerning voters and the effects a withdrawal may have both in the UK and elsewhere in the world – especially on Anglo-American relations. As the date of the referendum approaches, the campaign is intensifying and we consider in more detail the main issues under discussion that might determine the outcome of the referendum. But first who are the ‘leavers’ and who are the ‘remainers’ commanding the media debate? [continues...]
The European ‘Project ’ is to recognise that the people of our small continent can act together economically; no longer go to war against each other and are able to present a united front to the world, of our 500 million people whenever that is appropriate. This is not ‘NATO’ a one-for-all and all-for-one military alliance, including Canada and the USA – the unquestioned military leader of our pack. Yet an economically unified Europe has and would have great influence, more than any of its individual component nations, so that a nation even as powerful as the USA would take careful account of a ‘European’ view.
The US needs its friends for many reasons, even if sometimes only to keep a sense of balance in world affairs. They have internationally done many things right… and some things wrong. The ill-judged invasion of Iraq comes to mind, where the Blair government in the UK should have withstood the American pressure to join their coalition, as the Harold Wilson government did at the time of Vietnam. Instead the Blair government swapped ‘dodgy’ intelligence with that of the US and enthusiastically joined them in smashing up a country, with a cruel tyranny to be sure, but it was an adventure with the hopeless concept of exporting democracy, ‘through the barrel of a gun’. [continues...]
Debate about the consequences of Britain leaving the EU is intensifying as the referendum draws nearer. The ‘out’ campaign continues to deploy retrograde jingoism and migrant crisis fears, as its most powerful weapons. The ‘Remain’ campaign focuses on the financial losses a Brexit would prompt and on the security issues that make European cooperation a virtue rather than a vice. Whilst emphasising that, it has tended thus far to overlook what should be a major deterrent for voters from choosing the ‘out’ option: namely that a Brexit could effectively signal the end of the UK. [continues...]