Article by Peter Winder
'That is why the UK must not shirk the task that its people want: to shape our regional and global destiny. Whinging on the sidelines and moaning about red tape is beneath us. We remain amongst the top 5 most competitive economies in the world despite the hand-wringing about being shackled to a European corpse. We sell more to Ireland than all of the BRICS. And I haven’t noticed Germany, richer and more globally engaged than us, blaming the EU for its export success and full employment.
What is lacking today is a Churchill to raise our vision from the insular to the global. Matthew argues that Europe impedes our world reach. But a better vision for Britain is the oldest one: Lord Salisbury said: “We are part of the community of Europe, and we must do our duty as such.” If we don’t perform this basic task, Britain may leave Europe, Scotland will leave Britain, Little England will result and we will have closed a 500 year chapter of global power. Dean Acheson will have been proved right. Britain lost an empire and never found a role commensurate with its power. Nobody in the world, save our enemies, would welcome such a sad abdication.'