“I took the view that having fought [Europeans in the Second World War] that we should now work with them, and co-operate, and that was my first thought about it. Then I saw how the European Union was developing, it was very obvious that what they had in mind was not democratic... and the way that Europe has developed is that the bankers and the multinational corporations have got very powerful positions, and if you come in on their terms, they will tell you what you can and cannot do. And that is unacceptable. My view about the European Union has always been, not that I am hostile to foreigners, but that I am in favour of democracy... I think they're building an empire there, they want us to be a part of their empire and I don't want that.”
Those people who voted to Leave the EU have been constantly browbeaten by the suggestion that they did not know what they were voting for and were gambling with their children’s future. Tony Benn's arguments would suggest that to Remain will be a threat to their very lives in this new and undemocratic empire building excercise. We seem to have learned nothing from our own history with an empire now in tatters and in its last dying throws. Do we really want to commit our youth to another meat grinder in the years to come? Do we really want to pay £13 billion per annum into a system from which we only receive £7 billion back? Do we really want to prop up a regime that seems hell bent on creating an Army of Europe? Do we really want to antagonise Russia, a country twice ravaged by Europe in the last century? Do we really want all aspects of our countries future management to be left in the hands of unelected foreigners?