Margaret Thatcher è stata dieci anni di storia inglese. Tutto il suo pensiero sul grande moloch con cui ha sempre avuto un rapporto contraddittorio, l’Unione Europea, è in questo discorso (il famoso “Bruges speech”) tenuto al Collegio d’Europa di Bruges, fucina di funzionari comunitari da oltre cinquant’anni, nel 1988.
Il discorso, frizzante, originale, indubbiamente affascinante, è qui riprodotto nella sua interezza.
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“If you believe some of the things said and written about my views on Europe, it must seem rather like inviting Genghis Khan to speak on the virtues of peaceful coexistence!”
“We in Britain are rightly proud of the way in which, since Magna Carta in the year 1215, we have pioneered and developed representative institutions to stand as bastions of freedom. And proud too of the way in which for centuries Britain was a home for people from the rest of Europe who sought sanctuary from tyranny. But we know that without the European legacy of political ideas we could not have achieved as much as we did”
“The European Community is one manifestation of that European identity, but it is not the only one.”
“The European Community is a practical means by which Europe can ensure the future prosperity and security of its people in a world in which there are many other powerful nations and groups of nations”
“We have not successfully rolled back the frontiers of the state in Britain, only to see them re-imposed at a European level with a European super-state exercising a new dominance from Brussels.”
“[…] certainly we in Britain would fight attempts to introduce collectivism and corporatism at the European level—although what people wish to do in their own countries is a matter for them.”
“Let Europe be a family of nations, understanding each other better, appreciating each other more, doing more together but relishing our national identity no less than our common European endeavour.”