If Bishop George Bell and philosopher CEM Joad were alive today they would vote to stay in Europe – no question.
“On what grounds did Britain appeal to justice? What was it now offering to a world of menacing dictators? The Peace Aims debate raised at one the vision of Europe as a coherent, geo-political entity, and also of Britain’s place within that beleaguered continent. In this Coupland finds Bell a distinctive presence: whilst it was true that there were other Britons – in government and outside – who also spoke for European unity, there were few that shared either Bell’s record of constancy or the radicalism of his vision of a federal Europe. Indeed, in the year that war broke out he joined a new organization, Federal Union, which was dedicated to pressing for that ideal in public life. Temple, too, became a prominent advocate. For them both, Europe was united by centuries of Christian faith, by the continuing worship of churches in every country, and by common Christian precepts observable still in the life of European institutions. Surely this represented a greater reality than the passing politics of the modern nation-state. Should they not stand squarely on such a foundation and look to a future together?”