The choice this day next week really is this simple.
In a world where the major geopolitical powers are the United States, China and the European Union, the UK enjoys a privileged position – as confidant of the former and member of the latter. As a result, for 40 years since it opted into Europe with the encouragement of the United States, the UK has enjoyed the fastest per capita economic growth of any large industrialised country.
This is a world in which the UK outside the European Union would be a geopolitical irrelevance. The two main geopolitical powers in the West would be irritated by the UK’s decision to opt out, but would simply have to get on with it. China and other rising powers are too strong, and Russia too unpredictable, for Washington and Brussels to worry about countries intent on splitting themselves off from their natural allies.
Ultimately, the choice for the UK is not to remain or to leave, but to remain or to quit. Quitting is what the Brexiteers are all about. Apparently the UK simply isn’t clever enough to get its way with the Belgians and the Austrians, so it will just quit. The notion of “halting ze German advance” speaks not of xenophobia or racism but of a deep insecurity. Insecure people are indeed inclined to give up and quit. (And lie.)
That’s what Boris, Nigel, the fantasists who run NIPSA and those sorts of guys are (and they are all guys) – deeply insecure people who cannot cope with the modern world and are inclined to quit when they don’t get absolutely everything their own way.
The old maxim goes: Quitters never win, and winners never quit. And those who never win and never quit, like Nigel, are idiots.
Don’t be a quitter. Opt into the modern world and an influential place within it. Vote REMAIN next week.