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Stronger together - why Britain is better off in the EU than out

Published 22/06/2016 | 02:30

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Campaigners from the "Vote Remain" group hand out stickers, flyers and posters in Oxford Circus, central London. Getty Images

'Those who serve supreme causes must not consider what they can get but what they can give' - Winston Churchill, addressing the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg, on August 11, 1950.

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Churchill led Britain when it made the ultimate sacrifices for European freedom, at times seemingly fending off the threat of Nazism single-handedly. Five years after the end of World War II, he was calling for the immediate establishment of a European army to form a bulwark against Communism. Churchill was right: Europe is stronger when it works together.

A year after his speech, an international organisation was formed by Belgium, France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, which was not based upon any military alliance. It is no coincidence that Europe has embarked upon its longest period of peace following the formation of the European Coal and Steel Community, then the European Economic Community and European Union, with its current 28 member states.

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