EU ‘kept 70 years of peace’

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations -

Glas­gow MSP Pa­trick Harvie said the EU has helped keep the peace in Europe for over 70 years.

Mr Harvie, whose re­gional c o n s t i t u e n c y cov e r s Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang, made his com­ments ahead of a de­bate hosted by the Glas­gow Skep­tics on Mon­day night.

He claimed the de­bate had been “dom­i­nated by a juvenile spat be­tween two wings of the To­ries”.

He added: “The task of build­ing a peace­ful, so­cially jus t, en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble and demo­cratic Europe re­mains far from com­plete.

“But to walk away now would only hand the hardright Brex­i­teers within the Con­ser­va­tive Party the op­por­tu­nity they seek to trash peo­ple’s rights at work, tear up the so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tions which have taken decades to achieve and pur­sue ever more xeno­pho­bic and racist im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies.

“The EU has its faults - as do the un­demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions of UK pol­i­tics - but since its cre­ation we have seen an end to the cen­turies of war­fare be­tween Euro­pean na­tions.

“In the face of new chal­lenges, from cli­mate change to cy­ber­se­cu­rity, it would be ut­terly per­verse to be­gin dis­man­tling the in­sti­tu­tion which has brought a life­time of peace.”

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