Leaving the EU would destroy Britain's post-war progress from imperial power to global partnerby Stephen Kinnock / April 21, 2016 / Leave a comment
Nation states have been grappling with the forces of globalisation for thousands of years, and the United Kingdom is no exception. Ever since the Romans landed on our shores we have been an integral part of the international community, buffeted by the winds of commerce, military conflict and geopolitics.
With the passing of the centuries we gradually came to master the mutually reinforcing arts of warfare and empire-building, a process that ultimately gave rise to a period of global hegemony. But the defining feature of the UK’s role in the world since 1945 has been our evolution from imperial power to global partner. And we should celebrate this transformation because it has been—politically, economically and morally—the right path to have taken.
This journey has certainly been underpinned by a sense of guilt—the terrible legacies of the slave trade, the scramble for Africa and the carving up of the Middle East have provided post-1945 gov…