Making London a truly global financial centre again, with all that would imply for Britain’s place in the world, could quickly become more attractive than the apathy of decline, however proudly sovereign.
Posts by John Stevens
John Stevens is a former Conservative MEP and founder of the Pro-Euro Conservative Party. He contested Buckingham against John Bercow and Nigel Farage in 2010, coming second.
Many Leave voters may dislike the necessary kowtowing to President Trump just as much as they did our deference to Brussels.
There is a case for the EU guaranteeting internal as well as external frontiers – which would make Scottish independence impossible were the UK to remain an EU member.
John Stevens: I am passionately pro-EU. But here’s why I believe Johnson was right about patriotism.
The referendum was at least as much a vote against London as against Brussels – and those whose expert arrogance made them seem to many to be foreigners here.
The EU issue was used to disguise other problems. Now that disguise has been stripped away.
John Stevens: It is the principle of the EU, not the renegotiation of the terms of membership, that matters
Focusing only upon the detail and evading the general is becoming a most damaging addiction.
Like the Scottish referendum, this referendum cannot really bring closure.
European Unionists know that know that only an eventual deepening of our commitment, including, above all, joining the euro, will secure our membership.
John Stevens: The struggles of Bercow, and the rise of UKIP and the SNP, tell the same story about our democracy
Only radical parliamentary reform will restore popular trust in Westminster – and the Speaker cannot be part of it.
If he wants Britain to stay in, he needs a programme which can both address concerns here and win support abroad.
The hanging-together of the Tories has become an obstacle to creating a new patriotic consciousness