I have a confession to make: I have been tempted by Brexit. Surely it makes sense: the EU is in a mess of its own making, mired by the folly of the Euro. Its huge, only partly democratic structures, are surely trapped in the neoliberal economics which favour the elite at the expense of the common good.
But the leave campaign wants to take us further still down that route on the pretext of preserving sovereignty and keeping migrants out.
What is this sovereignty? From a spiritual perspective there was a time (and for many still is) when we truly believed the divine favoured one nation, either our own or a particular one according to our religion. The evolution of our understanding has transcended this with the realisation that we are all one, each one precious in the eyes of God and each other. The cherishing of one nation is only to allow the emergence of the realisation that all are cherished. In the Judaeo-Christian context, Israel becomes universal in Jesus.
The Brexit retreat into our own sovereignty I believe would be a cultural de-volution, a turn to the past, a retreat into tribalism.
But Europe needs to change, it must and it surely will. Perhaps we could provoke that change by leaving – that is what has tempted me by Brexit. But I am coming to believe that another Europe is possible and that we must stay within the EU to be part of the change. I look for a Europe in which each culture is nourished, nurtured and shared equally for the good of all. We have heard little about a new vision for Europe, but now is the time for that.
I am hugely encouraged by the ‘Another Europe is Possible’ movement and choose to be part of that. As Caroline Lucas says: “Like Westminster, EU institutions are not perfect. The EU must become more democratic, and more accountable to the citizens of Europe. But to secure these changes, we need to stay in the EU and fight for meaningful reform. Another Europe is Possible – but only if we make it so.”
As the campaign says: "We have come together as activists and campaigners to build a Europe of democracy, human rights, and social justice. We don’t believe a British exit from the EU offers a path towards the social, citizen-led Europe we so urgently need. That’s why we are saying ‘stay in Europe to change Europe’."