British popular historian Dan Snow has branded Brexit a “tragedy” contributing to the disintegration of the security system after World War II. The remark came during a storm of mockery, with many noting that the EU emerged decades after the war.
Snow went to Twitter late Friday and sent a pretty doomsday uprising that Britain was leaving the European bloc.
“75 years ago, after the bloodiest war in history, with its genocide and unimaginable brutality, a generation of survivors tried to prevent future war by building institutions to curb the claims of national sovereignty,” he wrote.
The United Kingdom forged. Now we help disassemble it. Brexit is a tragedy.
The speech immediately sparked a whole discussion as many expressed confusion about how the European Union (EU) – formally established in 1993 under the Maastricht Treaty – contributed to Europe’s decades without war.
The EU became 1 November 1993, 48 years after the end of 2. world War.
– Arthur_S (@allanholloway) January 1, 2021
NATO would actually be a far more appropriate organization for Snow’s rant, others argued. However, the dreaded Brexit does not affect London’s membership of the alliance.
I know Mr Snow is usually fine with his story and I love some of his work, but is BREXIT about leaving the EU, the EEC and the single market right? These were founded in 93 and 57 I think? NATO and the UN were founded in 45 & 49. What better fit his described institutions ??
– John Carruthers (@ JoeCar82793574) January 2, 2021
‘After World War II, Britain played a key role in protecting Western Europe, keeping troops in West Germany and helping set up NATO’Has NATO gone? Damn, you must have missed it? Must also have missed a bit that the EC and France vetoed UK membership twice.
– Mark Stuart (@ mark_stuart10) January 1, 2021
Some dived a little deeper into history, pointing to the EU’s predecessor – the European Economic Community (EEC), which was established back in 1957. However, the date of its creation still does not quite correspond to Snow’s claim, especially when Britain first became a member of the EEC in 1973. .
Are you aware that WW2 ended in 1945? And that the British first joined the EC in 1973? You’re supposed to be on top of this kind of thing, Dan.
– Gray Connolly (@GrayConnolly) January 1, 2021
WW2 ended in 1945. The UK helped found the UN the same year. It helped found NATO in 1949. We have not left it either.
– Bea Johanssen (@bea_johanssen) January 2, 2021
Moreover, attempts at European integration have been primarily economic, other users argued, with neither this nor the current quasi-state structure in the EU contributing to decades of peace.
Complete bollocks, Dan. The EU or the EEC has previously had zero influence on NATO membership or peacekeeping role since World War II. Not a single iota. Restricting “national sovereignty” does not hold peace. Stick to historical facts, not this assumption about wagon jumping.
– David McCowan (@dave_mccowan) January 2, 2021
Historical idiocy. There is a massive difference between the coal and steel society and the EU after Maastricht. No mention of NATO / UN. Sovereignty is democracy, something that has historically been fundamental to preventing wars.
– Tristan Lee (@ TristanLee92) January 1, 2021
Others gathered in support of Snow, appealing to Winston Churchill’s vision of a united Europe and pointing fingers at the Council of Europe. The latter was created in 1949 with Britain among its founding members.
Was actually a dream about Churchill. Keep going.
Nick Salmond (@NickJS) January 1, 2021
However, there is a catch, despite a similar name and even logo, the Council is an organization that is completely separate from the EU.
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