If I may, your official biographer Robert Lacey, suggests you have asked guests to give you three good reasons why Great Britain should remain in the EU. These are good questions. Your constitutional role requires that you remain above politics, yet I believe you are not asking any more or any less then many of your subjects as they face this hugely critical decision tomorrow. As one of your subjects I would like to set out three reasons why, in the years to come, the heirs to your throne will enjoy a more secure, more harmonious and more settled Kingdom if there is a Remain vote tomorrow.
- The EU has delivered over fifty years of unprecedented peace.
The only reason the EU has been able to deliver on this one, over-arching priority, is because it fosters and nurtures liberal democracies across the European continent. Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union states, “The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.”
Is there anything in the wording of this Article that you, as a Monarch, find troubling? As one of your loyal subjects I find it comforting to know that I am part of a continent that values these important sentiments. As a child you will remember the devastating effect of World War II on your Kingdom. That terrible war and the war which preceded it were a result of a vacuum in these values across the European continent. Your soldiers laid down their lives so that Europe would never again face such tyranny.
Happily, their lives were not in vain and we now have this hugely important Article enshrined in EU law. Article 2 is supreme law. No member state can write a law that contradicts these values. It applies equally and unequivocally to each and every member of the European Union. In every good relationship – be it marital, working, or friendly – it is not our differences that divide us, it is our values that unite us. We see this with the EU. The EU is a mismatch of different countries, with different languages, cultures and histories. This does not matter. It makes life interesting. It is the values set out in Article 2 which is the glue that binds the EU together.
None of us should take peace for granted. It is my firm belief that were the EU to be as undemocratic, as intransparent or as opaque as her critics suggest the EU would not have been able to foster the peace between European nations for this long. Let us not turn out back on this remarkable achievement. This is my first and foremost reason why Britain should stay in the EU.
- If we Vote Leave Britain faces the future with unsavoury leaders
Not every person who will vote to leave tomorrow is a racist – but I am convinced that every racist will vote leave. Those who vote leave, whether this is their intention or not, are sharing a bed with right-wing nationalists. An unsavoury element that could bring about your Kingdom’s demise, not strengthen it. You and your heirs have nothing to fear from the EU and everything to fear from a resurgent, populist, right-wing Europe.
- The EU has delivered unprecedented prosperity to your subjects.
The European Union has fostered and facilitated trade which in turn has delivered investment, innovation and dynamism to the United Kingdom. Independent experts – not politicians – have warned that this could be jeopardised if Britain chooses to turn her back on the EU and retreat into isolationism. No one should loose their job because of a Brexit.
Your most loyal and patriotic subject,