We must expose the Eurosceptic fallacy that the EU is something that’s ‘done to us’; where Britain is somehow a perpetual victim of the other 27 member states.
Alan Johnson, The Guardian, July 21, 2015

here is a current argument gaining momentum that the European project simply does not work for ordinary people. Proponents of this argument say the Greek crisis is proof. But there is so much wrong with this argument that it’s often difficult to determine where to start to dispute it. What happened with Greece hasn’t led people to seek exit from the euro — let alone from the European Union. Greece values its membership. It’s a far cry from its past military rulers and the totalitarian regimes in nearby Eastern European countries. The EU has made the biggest contribution to peace and democracy in Europe. The Greeks remember this, but do the British? We should. The old arguments against Europe still suffer from the old weaknesses: “The EU is no more a grand corporatist conspiracy than it is the business-hating socialist project of the Tory right’s fevered imagination.” Rather, it is a political forum where we must engage just as we currently do at the national level. In the months to come, the Labour party will connect to citizens with a vision of a promised land that simply doesn’t — and won’t — exist if we exit the EU.

We will end up isolated with damaged growth, jobs, and prosperity. Reform of the EU is not an event, or even a referendum, but it is a process we must continue to partake in. We must stop falling prey to the Eurosceptic fallacy and respect one of the core principles the EU was founded upon: solidarity. It is a value we need more than ever to restore Greece to its rightful place in our European family and also to preserve Britain.

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