Adrian's thoughts

TW-IN supports continued British membership to the European Union.

The EU was founded in 1957 by a grouping of democratic countries in a spirit of reconciliation to heal the antagonisms of the past, particularly the atrocities and destruction of World War II.  It aims to establish peace, prosperity and good governance throughout our continent, resolving differences through negotiation within a legal framework.  It also enables countries to pursue objectives in fields which can be more effectively attained through collective action.  

Over the first 50 years of the Union's existence, it produced spectacular results in stimulating economic growth, removing barriers to trade, promoting human rights and protecting the environment. This has greatly benefited Britain, both economically and in enhancing our influence.  However difficulties arising from exceptional events outside Europe have revealed weaknesses which have to be addressed.

The criticisms levied against the EU in recent years can only be described as misrepresentation on a massive scale.  Seemingly patriotic slogans such as 'take back control' are in fact expressions of narrow-minded nationalism, leading to conflict and impoverishment.  The nebulous trade alternatives proposed by Brexiteers seem to refer back to a 'global' Britain which indeed existed in the 1950's and 1960's.  These arrangements however, failed to stem Britain's post-war economic decline and were therefore abandoned in favour of joining Europe. Does it really make sense to revert now to a system which proved inadequate in the past?

TW-IN is proud that Tunbridge Wells voted to remain in the EU in the referendum.  We shall continue to reject the Brexiteers' arguments and support Britain's EU membership.

Ruth St John