Registered On: September 7, 2015
Well, given that the last few decades has seen the greatest period of peace and stability in Europe in the history of nationhood I think it’s silly to level the idea that the EU increases the risk of national conflict. In fact working together reduces tensions between nations, not the other way round. It’s not really the same as WWI where many states were in opposing alliances to each other. The Central Powers were not allied with France, Belgium or the UK.
If anything, leaving makes us more weak when dealing with actual hostile threats like China and Russia than stronger. I’d rather us work with likeminded nations, such as Germany and France against those truly opposed to us than relive jingoistic struggles against the Germans and French.
The nauseating chest thumping about WWII is tiresome and I am convinced a large part of the nationalism which played into the Brexit vote was fuelled by a desire of generations too young to experience the war wanting to relive the glories put on their forefathers through fighting against a continental menace. The problem being that the contintental menace doesn’t exist like it did in 1939, so we’re left with the jingoism of yelling at allies, instead of solidarity in the face of dangers from Russia and China.