Reflections on Brexit

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by Michael Schluter, 27th June 2016.

brexit-1462470595lr3The top priority in the days ahead is to heal the wounds inflicted during the campaign, and find a way forward for the future which meets the aspirations of both the Remain and the Leave constituencies among the British people. It is undoubtedly possible to find a middle way between on the one hand moving towards a single government for the whole of the EU in Brussels with a single currency and free movement of capital and labour, and on the other large-scale revolt by majorities or minorities in many nations across the EU who are deeply disturbed about the possibility of a single sovereign state in Europe. An intermediate position needs to be articulated and pursued.

In terms of our recognition of God’s sovereignty as Christians, speaking personally I found the result of the Brexit vote compelled me to recognise in a fresh way that the EU is not the source of our protection, jobs, prosperity and welfare, but rather that it is God who fulfils those roles for us. Perhaps the vote for Brexit will help Britain as a nation to come to terms with our dependence on God in a new way, and turn us again towards recognising His authority and right to our allegiance.

Together let’s pray for the faith of both sides, for a healing of the relations that have been harmed through the debate we have just held, and for a shared way forward to be found which all of us can support. And let’s pray too for a healing of relationships with our European neighbours, and especially for those migrants who already live among us, that the desire of many to avoid ‘ever closer union’ in Europe will not be misunderstood as a rejection of our neighbours. Above all, let’s pray that through this debate our commitment to Christ as Lord of all the world will give us a sense of peace, and enable us to share that peace with our neighbours in the UK and beyond.

 

Michael Schluter

Founder and Life President, Jubilee Centre

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June, 2016

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  1. E Filos says:

    Sad to miss a comment on the lies and hatred incited by the Leave campaigners. Europeans are disappointed to see such provincialism in Britain. It may leave the rest of Europe wounded, but most likely will dismantle their own country’s unity.

  2. Stephen de Garis says:

    I appreciated both the Tame and Schluter comments and go along with them entirely.
    I was delighted with the outcome of the Brexit vote although I was not a voter. I disagree with the negative response by E. Filos. I believe that he is wrong in his one-sided outlook. It all depends on whether identity is worth preserving and that surely is what a majority of UK voters wanted. I know Scotland and N. Ireland voted differently and it is yet to be seen what effects the vote will have on the 300 year old United Kingdom union. I am a profound disbeliever in the EU, though the earlier EEC had much merit and I endorsed it, though did not vote by virtue of ineligibility. I live in Switzerland which fortunately is not in the EU and so much better for that. The Swiss experts predicted the end of Switzerland after it voted in 1992 not to join the EU as it was developing. It was a very wise decision by the Swiss people though the vote was much narrower than it was in the UK recently. Today were the vote repeated, the majority against would be considerably larger, though there are political forces in Switzerland which still wish to join the EU. The virtue of identity overriding economy by the British people is highly commendable!

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