All of Europe’s history since the second world war tells us that the political class on the continent totally reject this view and will fight to the last breath to keep Europe together. Unlike the British Brexiteers, they know that the real alternative to the EU is the centuries-old curse of European civilisation: nationalism. As the former French president, Francois Mitterrand, put it in 1995 in his farewell speech to the European parliament: “le nationalisme: c’est la guerre’. In five simple words, that is the case for Europe. — Roger Liddle.