25 February 2016, The Tablet

Keep Europe’s, and UK’s, demons at bay

At the heart of the matters being hotly debated in the United Kingdom in the period leading up to the referendum on Britain’s continuing European Union membership, is the question: how can ordinary people reconnect with a sense that the EU represents a hopeful and inspiring future for all of them? That this sense has been lost is manifest not just in the uncertainties of Britain’s relationship with the rest of Europe, but in disillusionment and even resentment across the whole Continent. The EU may be grudgingly accepted as an economic necessity, but it is not popular. A lot of the rhetoric that has been heard so far and will be heard many more times, from both sides of the argument over the UK referendum, presupposes that unpopularity as a fact of life. It depicts the EU as a
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