The most basic logic escapes these people:
Why have the Brexiteers been allowed for so long to portray themselves as heroic defenders of our national interest? By turning their back on the EU they are running away from the issues facing our continent, problems that every nation faces but which no one country can resolve alone. This is not heroism, it’s cowardice.
Europe’s climate problems are our problems and, with the UK emitting just 1% of global greenhouse emissions, only through a collective approach can we hope to have real influence in shaping global policy. Europe’s borders are our borders, at least where the mass movement of people is concerned, which is certainly likely over decades to come. Our security interests are shared, whether to fight terrorism or counter the less than benign influences of Russia and China.
The values of democracy, pluralism and the protection of minorities that are enshrined in the EU treaties risk being undermined from within by the “illiberal democracies” of Hungary and Poland. The UK should be at the heart of their defence.
It is possible to cooperate with people without being a part of the same federal nation.
We cooperate with people about climate change through the various COPs.
We cooperate with people about civil rights through the Council of Europe – the European Court of Human Rights is not an EU one.
We cooperate with people on trade through the WTO.
It’s not necessary to be ruled by Druncker in order to cooperate with people. Why is this so difficult for these people to understand?