EU membership is undermining British values and fanning extremism
THE EU is undermining traditional British values and we should be prepared to leave, according to a group of leading historians.
In a joint letter, the group of 22 academics calls for one last attempt at renegotiating the terms of Britain's EU membership - and if unsuccessful the country should exit the organization.
Signed by Professor David Abulafia from the University of Cambridge and Professor Jeremy Black from the University of Exeter, along with 20 others, the letter said: "Though we are historians from many political schools of thought, we agree that Britain has developed traditions and practices which are peculiar to our shores.
"From the ideas of Common Law and parliamentary sovereignty to the struggle for greater democracy and fairness, Britain's values form the rich fabric of our history and inform our lives today.
"However it is ever clearer that the terms of Britain's EU membership are undermining these values."
It also says the EU is introducing taxes which undermine Britain's business values, has wrecked lives in the Mediterranean and is "fanning the flames of aggressive extremism".
It reads: "For this reason, rather than out of national or racial prejudice, we support in principle renegotiating Britain's EU membership so that Britain has a looser, freer relationship with the EU."
On Friday, the House of Commons will vote on a bill which would enshrine in law an in/out referendum on Britain's EU membership. Source;express.co.uk