You guys are mistaken!
UK has never been sincerely supporting the European integration process and the EU idea. Its membership was based on “If you can’t beat them, join them” approach. Moreover, in the course of history, biggest threat to UK always came from continental Europe. UK, motivated with the notion of “the empire that sun never sets” has this mentality of being unique and sui generis. So we can understand why EU is playing its own corner when it comes to common European Identity.
EU means continental Europe and EU spirit means the so-called holey “Alsace-Lorraine alliance”! Plus some other continental European nations; namely Italians, Spaniards and others. Foundation, and the future of EU had never been related or in any means is connected to UK. In the same token, it will never be hindered by Brexit.
Let alone all catastrophes in the entire European history, EU leaders and intellectuals must be fool to forget disasters of the first and the second World Wars. The most logical and the most reasonable option for European nations is to hold EU in any possible cost.
Germany is achieving things under EU umbrella that could not possibly be achieving under Hitler. Would it be more plausible to achieve “Lebensraum” outside EU umbrella. If you doubt, please check exportation of Germany, European market for German exports and how crucial this market is for Germany.
I think that any potential collapse of EU will not bring about positive consequences not only for EU nations, also for other non-EU nations and the rest of the world. System, transparency and predictability is always good for international relations.
It will too naive to think that any given nation will not be striving to maximize its national interests. Since the first blood shed in human history between the children of Adam, mankind is at war. EU is at least somehow disguising this blood shed.
This is the fundamental question: Do Europeans want to see EU countries struggle using hard power, as they did in thousand of years during the entire their history of Europe; or they prefer to see them compete using soft power under the disguise of EU umbrella?
Article by Necip YILDIRIM