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Europe: It’s inconceivable that London could leave the EU

“It’s inconceivable that London could be thinking of a future outside of Europe at a time when the European Union is playing an increasingly central role for the security and progress of all its member states and the entire international community. It is especially hard to imagine, at a time when that role, which we have been working with renewed determination to strengthen, has been rewarded with the Nobel Peace Prize”. This was Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi’s explanation of the Italian position on Prime Minister Cameron’s speech on Europe, delivered yesterday.

“At a time when all 27 member countres need to make a determined effort to strengthen Europe, Great Britain’s participation and contribution are vital. Any suggestion of division is not in Great Britain’s interest, nor is it in the European Union’s interest. To play a leading role on the world stage, the EU must increasingly speak with a single voice, a voice that speaks for all its citizens. […] The United Kingdom”, underscored Terzi, “needs the European Union if it is to go on being part of a project that focuses on future generations and extends beyond the limits of our continent. A project that aspires to create a true single European market as a powerful driver of growth”.