Sir, Wolfgang Münchau has rightly raised the alarm (“The Remain campaign is losing the argument over Europe”, April 4). Indeed, we are not sleepwalking our way to the Brexit; we are rushing headlong towards the door. Pro-Europe campaigners appear unable to marshal any meaningfully engaging reasons to remain in the EU. They seem unable or unwilling to find anything good to say about European membership, choosing to focus on complex cost/benefit analyses that are meaningless to the average citizen. Meanwhile the Brexiteers are capturing hearts and minds with simple appeals to regaining sovereignty and putting Britain first.
Bad news from Brussels seems to emerge almost daily, with no credible counter from the uninspiring band of mostly older white male establishment figures telling the country what’s best. This is despite the fact that most bad news is made in Britain.
The best advocate for staying in Europe I have heard is Nicola Sturgeon, first minister of Scotland. Positive, honest, straight to the point and from the heart, she said in February: “For more than 40 years, membership of the European Union has been good for the prosperity and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities across the country.”
Isn’t it ironic that education secretary Nicky Morgan recently asked young people to appeal to their elders to vote Remain, given her government has denied 16- and 17-year olds the right to vote on this single most important risk to their future? The Remain campaign should be flooded with dynamic voices of young people from diverse communities speaking about a more secure future as Europeans and a Britain that is Great because it looks beyond its island borders.
The Remain campaign must wake up urgently from its somnambulism and start making a righteous case for Europe, or be prepared for the nightmare of Brexit.
London SW18, UK