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June 24, 2016

It is best not just for Britain but for the EU that we part ways

Henry Jackson Society
Douglas Murray

Originally published in The Spectator

A few thoughts on today’s events.

First – it wasn’t working. With each year it was becoming more and more obvious that Britain and the EU wanted different things. Many (though not all) continental countries seem happy with a political union which pools their national sovereignty. There may be virtues in that, problems in it or both.  But it was never a desire of the British people. Last night demonstrated that. So it is best not just for Britain but for the EU that we part ways. If we had not then we would have continued to be a hindrance and drag on our partners during the next stages of their political development.

Secondly – I hope that there can be a widespread, indeed unanimous, agreement that we wish the rest of the EU exceptionally well. The political union contains some of our closest friends and allies and it is not just in our interests, but should be our desire, to see our friends thrive, prosper and find ways through the challenges ahead. With the right political leadership they may yet find such a way. Who couldn’t look forward to continuing to work with them, trade with them and learn from them – but as separate sovereign entities rather than as unhappy cohabitees…

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Douglas Murray

About Douglas Murray

A bestselling author and award-winning political commentator, he previously founded the Centre for Social Cohesion, which monitors extremism in Britain. Murray is the author of numerous publications including, "Victims of Intimidation: Freedom of Speech within Europe's Muslim Communities". A columnist for Standpoint magazine, he writes for a variety of other publications, including the Spectator and Wall Street Journal. Murray is an expert on Islamist extremism and UK foreign policy. He recently published a book on the Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday.

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