Who: Bishop of St. Albans, David Cameron
The Right Rev Alan Smith, Bishop of St. Albans, observed that the EU was born out of a search for peace after the two world wars and that if Britain voted to leave it must consider how the EU’s legacy of uniting nations could be safeguarded, to prevent the continent falling into violence and genocide.(1)
Further more, David Cameron has argued that The UK has regretted "turning its back" on Europe in the past, and that the EU had "helped reconcile" countries and maintain peace.
Was leaving the union a "risk worth taking", he asked.(2)
THE CASE FOR A #FREEBRITAIN
"The idea that the EU is a force for peace and stability is laughable given what is happening in Europe today. One of the most worrying consequences of EU policy has been the rise and influence of extreme ideologies which we assumed had been long forgotten.
The rise of these movements and others will see civil unrest in the years to come. The Eurozone crisis has lead to whole swathes of people so desperate that they have turned to extreme parties they perceive as having their interests at heart. The current migrant crisis, which has been completely mishandled by EU leaders, will add more fuel to the fire. We see again in Greece that Golden Dawn, an overtly neo-nazi party, has been gaining even more support in the polls. If it were not for France and Austria’s run-off system when electing presidents, it is certain that Austria would have elected a far-right president and that France would, in 2017, elect the Front National candidate, Marine le Pen, as their president.
There is also another worrying factor and that is of Turkey joining the EU. The EU, previously very discerning about the type of country it let into the club, is welcoming a country lead by a man and a party which has seen journalists jailed, human rights violations carried out, and a socio-political shift from a secular, western state to one more Ottoman and Islamist in tone.
If Turkey joins the EU it will have the second largest number of MEPs. I don’t believe it is alarmist to suggest that since President Erdogan’s party currently dominates Turkey’s politics, it will by far be Turkey’s largest party in the European Parliament. With Islamism a growing political force across Europe, this could create an Islamist bloc in the parliament, entitled to funding and speaking time. Add this to growing far-right and far-left blocs in the parliament, and you will soon see a parliament dominated by a type of people we previously thought unimaginable.
Turkey’s accession could also prompt an even greater rise in extremism in countries historically in conflict with it, such as Austria, Bulgaria, Greece and Cyprus.
While all these factors should signal to EU leaders that something is amiss, they are themselves extremists. Blinded by their fervour to continue and expand the European Project at any cost, they callously ignore the warning signs of the instability they purport to prevent.
Far from being a force for stability, the EU has been a catalyst for the rise of extremism. It is a powder-keg, and we should get out as soon as possible. "
Steven Woolfe MEP