Im­per­fect Europe prefer­able to war

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

LAST week’s 200th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Waterloo is a re­minder of how far we have come.

At Waterloo, 65,000 men were killed or wounded in one day. In con­trast, we have now had 70 years with­out war in Europe. Long may peace con­tinue.

We en­joy se­cure peace partly be­cause ev­ery coun­try in Europe now has an elected gov­ern­ment.

There are no more monar­chs or dic­ta­tors seek­ing out war for van­ity or power.

Most im­por­tantly, we have the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment where mod­ern op­por­tu­ni­ties and prob­lems, which cross old na­tional borders, can be dis­cussed by those we elect rather than fought over.

The EU is im­per­fect and so is the UK, but I would rather have both

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