~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~David Cameron warns Brexit could lead to Europe descending into war as Boris Johnson launches EU referendum battlebus
The Telegraph, le 9 Mai 2016
Titre ou inter-titres E Gaillot pour €calypse News, le 9 Mai 2016
A Brexit will increase the risk of Europe descending into war, David Cameron will warn as he says that Britain will pay a high cost if "we turn our back" on the EU.
The Prime Minister will invoke Sir Winston Churchill and say that the foundation of the European Union has helped bring together countries that have been "at each others throats for decades".
He will highlight the battles of Trafalgar, Blenheim, Waterloo and the two World Wars as evidence that Britain cannot pretend to be "immune from the consequences" of events in Europe.
His intervention at a speech in central London today marks a significant intensification of the referendum campaign in the wake of the local elections.
The Prime Minister will make the "patriotic" case for Britain to stay in the European Union at a speech in London on Monday, arguing that "isolationism has never served this country well".
"Whenever we turn our back on Europe, sooner or later we come to regret it. We have always had to go back in, and always at much higher cost," he will say."The serried rows of white headstones in lovingly tended Commonwealth war cemeteries stand as silent testament to the price this country has paid to help restore peace and order in Europe.
"Can we be so sure that peace and stability on our continent are assured beyond any shadow of doubt? Is that a risk worth taking? I would never be so rash as to make that assumption."
He will say that it has "barely been twenty years" since war in the Balkans and genocide in Srebrenica, and highlight Russia's invasion of Georgia and Ukraine.
"Of this I am completely sure," he will say. "The European Union has helped reconcile countries which were at each others’ throats for decades. "
Britain has a fundamental national interest in maintaining common purpose in Europe to avoid future conflict between European countries.
"And that requires British leadership, and for Britain to remain a member. The truth is this: what happens in our neighbourhood matters to Britain.
"Either we influence Europe, or it influences us. And if things go wrong in Europe, let’s not pretend we can be immune from the consequences.”He will say that for 2,000 years Britain's history has been "intertwined" with Europe's.
"For good or ill, we have written Europe’s history just as Europe has helped to write ours," he will say.
"From Caesar’s legions to the wars of the Spanish Succession, from the Napoleonic Wars to the fall of the Berlin Wall."The moments of which we are rightly most proud in our national story include pivotal moments in European history. Blenheim. Trafalgar. Waterloo. Our country’s heroism in the Great War."
He will argue that Britain fares worst when it is isolated, as it was when it was forced to take its "lone stand" against Nazi Germany in 1940.
He will say: "It wasn’t through choice that we were alone. Churchill never wanted that. Indeed he spent the months before the Battle of Britain began trying to keep our French allies in the war, and then after France fell, he spent the next 18 months persuading the United States to come to our aid.
"And in the post-war period he argued passionately for Western Europe to come together, to promote free trade, and to build institutions which would endure so that our continent would never again see such bloodshed."~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~