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Danny Alexander: Narrow nationalism puts barriers up

May 9, 2014 4:33 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Today on Europe Day, Danny Alexander gave a speech to business people from all across Gibraltar, conveying the support of the British Government.

Danny mentioned that next month HM the Queen will mark the D Day landings of 1944 - the start of the liberation of Europe.

"It behoves us all to reflect that 70 years on, those countries sheltered within the framework of the EU are enjoying the longest period of peace and security in generations.

500 Million people leaving and trading in peace.

28 countries working together to further democracy."

Danny spoke of Europe's crucial role in delivering peace and stability.

"Countries that were once in mortal conflict - now working together to resolve differences and work for the common good of the economy, security and the environment."


Danny also spoke about the Lib Dem's role in Scotland and separatism. He spoke of how the four nations of the United Kingdom form one of history's most enduring nations.

"We are in an era shaped by two opposing forces in regard to how nations view the future and work together.

There are those that seek to put barriers up between peoples.

Who advocate narrow nationalism and withdrawal from bonds with others.

And there are those that understand in a fast moving and uncertain world it is better to work in close harmony with other nations.

As a Liberal I have an internationalist outlook."

In his speech, Danny mentioned that if Scotland left the UK, it would destabilise businesses and cost jobs. He also said that Scotland's net contributions would rise by between £1.9bn and £3.8bn over the next 7 years.

"The reality is that we are better together in so many meanings of those words.

For me, I'm a Highlander and a Scot. I'm British and European."

Click here to view the whole speech.