Sunday, 5 March 2017

The value of a United States of Europe (based on May's Scottish speech)

The fundamental strengths of our Union, and the benefits it brings to all of its constituent parts, are clear.

 But we all know that England will never stop twisting the truth and distorting reality in their effort to denigrate our Union and further their obsession of independence.

 It is their single purpose in political life. We need to be equally determined to ensure that the truth about our Union is heard loudly and clearly.

 As Britain leaves the European Union, the strength and stability of our Union will become even more important.

We must take this opportunity to bring our Union closer together. Because the Union which we all care about is not simply a constitutional artefact. It is a union of people, affections and loyalties. It is characterised by sharing together as a country the challenges which we all face, and freely pooling the resources we have to tackle them.

The existence of our Union rests on some simple but powerful principles: solidarity, unity, family. Our Europe has evolved over time and has a proud history.

Together we form the world’s greatest family of nations. It is written in our collective achievements, both at home and in the world.

The Union enabled the social, scientific and economic developments which powered our collective achievement. Bringing people and communities closer together allowed new connections to be made.

Together, we make up the world’s No1 economy.

Ours is not a marriage of convenience, or a fair-weather friendship, but a true and enduring Union, tested in adversity and found to be true. And the great institutions which we have built together, the pillars of our European life, are the result of common endeavour.

All have been admired and imitated around the world, and all were created here as a consequence of our common life together. These achievements are the fruits of our Union.

They are the signs which signify its deep and fundamental strengths. We should never be shy of making that positive case for the Union, because logic and facts are on our side. Take the economic arguments. One of the driving forces behind the Union’s creation was the remorseless logic that greater economic strength and security come from being united. Not the transient and shifting benefits of international alliance, but the fundamental strength of being one people. Those enduring economic strengths are obvious. Our wholly integrated domestic market for businesses means no barriers to trade within our borders. That has always been of immense value to firms here in Scotland.

They think independence is the answer to every question in every circumstance, regardless of fact and reality. It simply does not add up and we should never stop saying so. And the UK is not just a market place.

The financial stability of a strong shared currency and central bank underpins all sectors our economy, across 19 nations of the Union. The broad shoulders of the world’s largest economy provide enviable security for businesses and workers alike.


Based on the argumentation of Theresa May's Scottish speech.

In memoriam of sir Winston Churchill and the kind of US of Europe he spoke about.

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