Europe’s leaders have issued a passionate plea for Britain to remain in the European Union, fearing that Brexit could set off a disastrous chain of events at a time of existential crisis for the EU project.
Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, said the whole of European civilisation is under grave threat and the region must stick together in its own self-defence, warning that the departure of the UK would be a fatal blow. “It would be a tragedy,” he said.
Mr Valls warned that the European system is alarmingly fragile. “Europe could lose its historical footing and the project could die quickly. Things could fall apart within months,” he told the World Economic Forum in Davos.
We are involved in a world war against terrorism. We’re going to have to live with this threat for years,” he said, insisting that Europe must go on the offensive to defeat ISIS and jihadi forces in Libya, the African Sahel, and Syria.
Wolfgang Schauble, German finance minister, implored the British people to vote yes to Europe in this year’s referendum. “It would be a disaster otherwise,” he said.
Sorry, Mr Valls and Mr Schauble, but I’m one of Europe’s approximately 150 million smokers on whom the EU declared war on 26 November 2009, when the EU parliament adopted draconian antismoking proposals from the EU Commission, which included show trials of celebrity offenders.
Why should I vote for continued membership of a political organisation that treats smokers like me with complete contempt?
I used to be pro-EU until this happened. And then I realised that the EU has no intention of actually representing any of the 500 million people within its confines, least of all smokers. And I also realised that this was the sort of petty and vindictive legislation that could now be expected of the EU.
And the EU does not represent “European civilisation”. The sovereign European states that produced that remarkable civilisation never did anything as uncivilised as banning smoking (not here in Britain, at least).
And if you’re currently losing a “world war against terrorism”, you have only yourselves to blame, for opening all the borders, and inviting the terrorists in.
Europe will only become a civilisation again when the stranglehold of the centralised EU state is lifted, and it again becomes a family of trading sovereign states.
In fact I don’t think it will matter which way us Britons vote in the upcoming referendum on EU membership, because if we vote the “wrong” way, we’ll just be asked to keep voting until we vote the “right” way, as happened with Ireland. Either that, or we’ll just be ignored.