EU ‘kept 70 years of peace’
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.”