A case of divide and conquer?

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The government is trying to persuade the British public to return a resounding Remain vote in the EU referendum in June.

The disillusionment with politics and with politicians continues to rumble on, the Panama Papers being its latest manifestation, bringing the financial affairs of our own prime minister into sharp focus.

This does nothing to help the cause of those who wish to remain in the EU.

But setting all this aside, as I hope the intelligent British public will do, there is one crucial issue that stands head and shoulders above all others and that is the safety and security of UK citizens.

To my mind those wishing to see a Brexit are short-sighted in this respect.

A vote to leave would seriously raise the prospect of the fracturing of the European Union as we are not the only disgruntled country within the 28.

If the EU were to disintegrate tensions between individual countries that are at present controlled by the presence of an over-arching organization would be set loose again leading to the creation of who knows what havoc in the future.

Churchill was not lacking foresight in calling for European integration at the end of World War Two.

Moreover Mr Putin, whose expansionist policies are plain for all to see, would be laughing with delight at the thought of the break-up of the EU not to mention those who perpetuate the barbaric ISIS brand of terrorism.

There is much truth in the maxim ‘divide and rule’.

No, the security and safety of our citizens is best achieved through continued unity in Europe.

I am a staunch supporter of the Remain campaign.

However, I would be among the first to say that there is much that is wrong with the administration of the EU which needs to be put right.

I cannot help thinking that those who advise ‘out’ are in some way still hankering after our glory days as leader of an Empire.

But instead we have for decades carped on about Europe, sniping from the sidelines.

Britain could indeed be great again but in a different context as one of the leading countries of the European Union, getting involved in there, embracing the project but seeking to promote bureaucratic change from within. If all this is deemed ‘project fear’, then I still make no apology for what I have stated.

Fear can after all work wonders when one’s very existence is under threat.

Keith Hillier-Palmer



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