Opinion Editorial

Friday 23 March 2018

Changing Europe puts us in great danger

Brexit Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Brexit Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images


Whether one views the vote for Brexit as an act of reckless improvidence or as an inevitable response in the face of an over-reaching bureaucratic hegemony, Europe has changed irrevocably.

The debate will soon move on to what happens next, and given the cascading consequences, we are unlikely to have much time to reflect. Even so, it is worth remembering that from this weekend, 100 years ago, 100,000 people were killed at the Somme over a four-month period. The war to end all wars was followed by an ever greater one.

With this in mind, it is also worth recalling that we are currently enjoying the greatest peaceful period the continent has known. This is in no small part due to the fact that closer ties and common interests have kept aggressive reflexes in check.

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