|• My response to a 'Brexit' poster suggesting Britain won the Second World War singled-handed|
The 'meme' poster* states:
‘So your [sic] telling me a country that won two world wars wouldn't survive on its own outside the EU’Of course, Britain didn't win alone. We needed allies.
And we almost didn't win. Without the support of our Empire (which was then our 'Single Market'), the assistance of the USA and the USSR and other Allies – including some of our African colonies; Australia, Canada and New Zealand - we wouldn't have won the Second World War.
It's also often forgotten that we couldn't have won the Battle of Britain in 1940 without the brave Polish pilots who formed the 303 Polish Fighter Squadron of the RAF - by far the most successful squadron of the battle.
And in addition to Poland, let’s not forget our other European Allies in the Second World War who fought with us against the Nazi regime - France, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Netherlands, Norway.
What's particularly scary is that we only just won that war in Europe... despite all the might of our Allies fighting together against one rogue regime that had been allowed to grow into a Fascist super state. That's a lesson to be learnt for today...
The European Union – starting out as the The European Coal and Steel Community in 1951 – was established in direct response to the war and for one reason alone: to achieve lasting peace on our continent.
A Union of European countries was not new. After all, we previously had the Roman Empire, with its first pan-European currency and enjoying free movement of people and goods across our continent.
During the Second World War, Britain’s war leader, Winston Churchill, conceived of the idea of joining Britain and France as a Union of one country.
In June 1940 Churchill announced the ‘Declaration of Union’ between Great Britain and France. With the full backing of his Cabinet, Churchill stated:
‘The two governments declare that France and Great Britain shall no longer be two nations, but one Franco-British Union… Every citizen of France will enjoy immediately citizenship of Great Britain; every British subject will become a citizen of France.’
The proposals did demonstrate, however, that Churchill was in favour of political union between European countries.
Churchill also considered the idea of ‘free movement of people’ even before the Second World War was over.
After the first British victory of the Second World War at El Alamein, Churchill wrote to his foreign secretary, Anthony Eden, on 21 October 1942:
‘Hard as it is to say now.. I look forward to a United States of Europe, in which the barriers between the nations will be greatly minimised and unrestricted travel will be possible.’Although UKIP and ‘Leave’ campaigners seem to have a nostalgic belief in Britain ‘going it alone’, that’s never been the case. Britain has always needed allies to be Great.
That’s why I am voting for Britain to remain a part of the European Union, and not apart from it. That way, we can continue to work together with our allies across Europe to ensure the prosperity and safety of our continent.
‘So you’re telling me Britain won the war.. without the USA, the USSR and over 20 other countries who fought with us? Britain is Greater with allies. Vote to Remain in the EU.’
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A #Brexit poster suggests #Britain won two world wars alone. But we needed allies. My blog: https://t.co/qwhi57hFYE pic.twitter.com/T4JxrdiLvd— Jon Danzig (@Jon_Danzig) March 30, 2016
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Which poster is correct? #Brexit = we can survive alone; #Bremain = we need allies. Blog: https://t.co/rTttqiByao pic.twitter.com/Yh0tBOlleK— Jon Danzig (@Jon_Danzig) March 30, 2016