Gordon Brown makes keynote speech at the Leading not Leaving’ initiative Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Возглавить Европу, а не покинуть её

ЭДИНБУРГ – Сможет ли Великобритания когда-нибудь примириться с тем, что она является частью Европы? Если судить по последним заголовкам британских газет, посвящённых предстоящему 23 июня референдуму по вопросу о продолжении участия страны в Евросоюзе, может показаться, что ответом будет решительное «нет».

Сторонники выхода из ЕС в своей кампании играют на страхах перед бесконтрольной иммиграцией и целой серией мнимых угроз британскому образу жизни (неважно несут их корабли или бомбы). Их оппоненты, желающие, чтобы Британия по-прежнему была частью Европы, делают акцент на другом страхе – потеря рабочих мест, зависящих от торговли с Европой.

Беспрерывный поток лозунгов, генерируемый этими политическими платформами, свидетельствует о двух несовместимых мировоззрениях. Выступления сторонников выхода из ЕС взывают к духу Дюнкерка образца 1940 года – нация, оказавшаяся в одиночестве, непроницаемая для армад и армий интервентов, всегда совершенно независимая от Европы.

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