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Monthly Archives: June 2016

Building a good UK, playing its part amongst the nations

Following the decision by the British people t leave the EU on 23 June, Archbishop Justin Welby and Archbishop John Sentamu issued a joint statement asking everyone to act with humility and courage – being true to the principles that make the very best of the UK.

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Myths of sovereignty and hopes for post-Referendum unity

In this final contribution before polling day, Adrian Hilton looks back at the highs and lows of the EU referendum campaign and the prospects for unity after the vote. he writes that even for Christians the campaign has been ugly and acrimonious, but that post referendum love we must, and be reconciled before the sovereignty of the Cross, where partisan posturing pales into utter inconsequence.

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Bridging the EU’s generational divide

Caroline Spelman looks at the reasons underpinning the generational divide underpinning the EU referendum debate. She urges those of later years to think about their children and their grandchildren when casting their vote on June 23rd. None of us should cast our vote just in our own interest but think about those we bind to our decision.

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Rulers come and go

Jāna Jēruma-Grīnberga the chaplain of St Saviour’s Anglican Church in Riga Latvia takes a closer look the sense of bemusement that shape local perception son the UK EU referendum. She argues that in today’s complex political situation, overlaid with anxiety about national sovereignty and the impact of migration, the greatest threat comes from within ourselves, and from the possibility that our fears and insecurities will change our core values and make us increasingly wary of the stranger and the vulnerable, increasingly hostile and inhospitable.

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Where there is no vision, the people perish

Major General Tim Cross makes the case that the UK’s history and trading links give us global interests, global links and friends on every continent. We do not need to subcontract our future to a failing EU; rather we must move forward, working alongside our friends and allies in Europe and elsewhere, sharing our expertise and capabilities freely and openly and unconstrained in who we work with and how we express our national interests and values.

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From Newcastle to Ypres and back again

Robert Innes warns that while the referendum on the EU does provide the opportunity for the expression of frustration and anger with the Westminster elite, a vote to leave could determine not just the future of Britain but the future of the European continent, for decades to come.

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The nation state and the case for remaining in the EU

Nigel Biggar reasons there may well be good reasons for Britain to remain in the E.U. But if that is so, the unchristian nature, or the obsolescence, of the nation-state is not one of them. Nation-states are not in fact passé, and the Bible doesn’t tell us that they should be. To argue for Britain to remain in the European Union on the ground that the age of the nation-state is over is nonsensical because, of course, a federal E.U. would be nothing other than a larger state, serving the newly self-conscious nation of Europeans, and able to hold its own against the United States on the one hand, and Russia and China on the other.

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Prague reflections

In this final postcard from Prague, Ricky Yates looks at two issues of current public concern in the Czech Republic which are also topics of discussion in the UK, in advance of the EU referendum on Thursday 23rd June. One is migration and the other is security.

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Helping us to care for creation

Sally Foster-Fulton makes the case that while there is much to be explored, debated and discussed in the run-up to the referendum, we must not lose sight of what the EU has already achieved in the vital area of environmental protection and climate change, and we must not ignore the possibility of what might be achieved by 28 countries working together to care for creation, to strive for better.

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Postcard from Switzerland

Peter Potter, the Anglican Archdeacon of Switzerland, observes that while the Swiss take their referendums very seriously it doesn’t always make for clever politics. Not all political decisions can be answered in simple yes and no terms.

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