Just by way of a reminder, I thought that I would share with you the following extract from a speech, made in May of 1947 to the United Europe Meeting, by a Mr Winston S. Churchill:
'This is the hour of choice and surely the choice is plain. If the people of Europe resolve to come together and work together for mutual advantage, to exchange blessings instead of curses, they still have it in their power to sweep away the horrors and miseries which surround them, and to allow the streams of freedom, happiness and abundance to begin again their healing flow. This is the supreme opportunity, and if it be cast away, no one can predict that it will ever return or what the resulting catastrophe will be.'
My own view is that No Deal is being kept on the table, by the government, in order to frighten Parliament into accepting an amended form of Theresa May's Deal - for fear of No Deal becoming a reality if it doesn't support her. The government is deploying No Deal as a 'scare tactic' with which to herd Parliament into voting for a discredited deal which it has already once rejected. I don't think that Parliament should allow itself to be frightened into complying with the Prime Minister's wishes. My own view is that the best option for Britain is to remain a member of the European Union. The terms and conditions of our current membership are far better than any of the alternatives to it which have thus far been presented. I also think that the best way to resolve this matter is to put it to a Second Referendum. The question is whether or not the cross-party consensus and will exist, in Parliament, to push for that end.
I think that for Britain to leave Europe, at a time when populist nationalism is seeking to tear its fabric and values apart, would amount to a dereliction of duty and an abdication of responsibility. And I think that, in turn, would deliver a blow to Britain's status and reputation in the world, as well as severely inhibiting our ability to influence, for the better, the future course of events on the continent.
If Europe reverts back to mutually antagonistic nationalism, then we have already received our warnings from history about what the consequences of that could very well be.