Nicolas De Santis talks to CNBC Italy on the aftermath of Brexit and what it means for Europe and the world

A sleepless and exhausted Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International and founder of BRAND EU, the European Union brand Centre, talks to CNBC Italy in front of the UK Houses of Parliament on the Brexit vote and its potential implications.

On Thursday 23 June, the British people turned out in great numbers to vote for the EU referendum. Brexit won, with 51.9 per cent voting to leave the European Union and 48.1 per cent voting to stay. Nicolas De Santis talked to CNBC Italy the following day to present his views and analyse the UK’s EU referendum campaign, Brexit and the potential future scenarios and immediate repercussions for Europe and the rest of the world.

There is a lot of uncertainty over what the consequences of Britain’s departure from the European Union will be and how Brexit will change the world, but it’s safe to say that the impact of Brexit will spread beyond the United Kingdom’s borders and will affect markets worldwide.

Said Nicolas De Santis, Founder of BRAND EU and President of Gold Mercury International.

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  • Gold Mercury Revives Churchill’s Pro EU Work and Famous Speech of 1946 Calling For a United States of Europe
  • Gold Mercury Revives Churchill’s Pro EU Work and Famous Speech of 1946 Calling For a United States of Europe

Gold Mercury Revives Churchill’s Pro EU Work and Famous Speech of 1946 Calling For a United States of Europe

CHURCHILL'S "UNITED STATES OF EUROPE" AND PRO-EU WORK SWEPT UNDER THE RUG BY EUROSCEPTICS

 

Gold Mercury International, pro-EU business think tank behind campaigns such as BRAND EU and CAPTAIN EURO, believe Churchill’s work for a united Europe and his 1946 speech are relatively unknown and important to revive on the eve of the 50th anniversary of his death. Considers Churchill as one of the founding fathers of the European Union.

London 19th January 2015

It is official! The iconic Sir Winston Churchill called for the creation of a ‘United States of Europe’ in his famous 1946 Zurich speech and Presided the first European Federal Congress at the Hague in 1948. He was one of the key fathers of a united Europe and set in motion ideas and events which would develop and grow to become the European Union.

Gold Mercury International, the think tank behind pro EU campaigns Brand EU and Captain Euro, want people to rediscover Churchill’s seminal and vital work in this field, and an area of his political career which is often purposely neglected or ignored.

“Most people do not realise that Churchill, viewed by many as the greatest British statesman of all time, was one of the founding fathers of the European Union, and believed in the “European Family” and the “United States of Europe”. We want to make sure in view of the upcoming elections that this work is properly promoted.”

says Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International.

Gold Mercury International believes that Eurosceptics do not want Churchill’s pro-European stance to be revealed and would prefer his vast body of pro-European work to be ignored.

ARCHIVE RESEARCH AND THE PEOPLE WHO KNEW HIM

Eurosceptics commonly argue that Churchill did not want Britain at the heart of Europe, however, our analysis and research of archives shows that the majority of arguments and quotations from Churchill used to advance this Eurosceptic viewpoint are often wildly misattributed, or taken far out of context.

Also, in an interview in 1996, Sir Edward Heath assured us that Churchill was no Eurosceptic. He said:

“How can the sceptic media possibly claim to understand Churchill’s thinking? I knew Winston Churchill, I worked with him, I stayed with him at his home at Chartwell and I have read his speeches many times. I can assure you that Winston Churchill was no Eurosceptic. He wanted a United States of Europe.”

“It is very clear that Sir Winston, with his incredible political, war and international affairs experience had reached the conclusion that the only way forward for Europe was unity. That is why in his last years he campaigned around Europe to attend events and promote ideas which have led to the European Union as we know it today.”

says Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International.

Sir Winston Churchill also Presided the Hague Congress of 1948, considered by many as the first federal moment of the European history, and attended by 800 delegates from Europe, USA and Canada.

We believe anyone, be they Eurosceptic or pro-European should listen to or read this inspiring speech, as it opens our hearts to understand why we should be united as peoples. Churchill would be the first to realise that in the world today, where an isolated Britain would be dwarfed by the great powers, the United States, Russia, China, India. Britain’s full participation in the European Union is vital, both for Britain and for the rest of the world.

You can listen to Churchill’s Zurich speech here or read a transcript of it here.

Below is a summary of some of the key points and powerful quotes from Churchill’s speech and European vision:

SUMMARY OF KEY POINTS FROM UNITED STATES OF EUROPE SPEECH

Churchill’s vision of Europe was one where we learned from the mistakes of the past and broke the cycle of conflict and bloodshed which has forever plagued Europe’s history. He knew it was the only way forward. From his Zurich speech:

On the United States of Europe

“What is this sovereign remedy? It is to recreate the European fabric, or as much of it as we can, and to provide it with a structure under which it can dwell in peace, safety and freedom. We must build a kind of United States of Europe.”

He believed that by uniting and coming together, we would not be conflicting with our national sovereignty and identities or “diluting our culture,” as Eurosceptics so commonly argue, but that we would instead be complementing, and expanding in the speech:

On Identity and Brotherhood

“And why should there not be a European group which could give a sense of enlarged patriotism and common citizenship to the distracted peoples of this mighty continent?”

This statement very succinctly sums up European identity. European brotherhood and shared sovereignty is not at odds with national, or even local identity – it complements it and enlarges it. But it requires an act of faith. A leap forward.

On Pooling of Power

Being part of a European family broadens our horizons and compassion. It also serves great political gain. From the speech:

 The structure of the United States of Europe will be such as to make the material strength of a single State less important. Small nations will count as much as large ones and gain their honour by a contribution to the common cause.”

In this sentence, Churchill crystallised beautifully the power of the European Union, 50 years ahead of its time. In the modern world of global superpowers, the EU allows its component small nations to count as much as the major world superpowers, and punch significantly above their weight.

On Preventing Nationalism and Conflict

Churchill had the shrewd political foresight to see that the only way forward for Europe, past the bloodshed and horrors of the previous two world wars, was to unite and form a common governance system. In his speech, he explained:

“If Europe were once united in the sharing of its common inheritance there would be no limit to the happiness, prosperity and glory which its 300 million or 400 million people would enjoy. Yet it is from Europe that has sprung that series of frightful nationalistic quarrels…which we have seen in this 20th century and in our own lifetime wreck the peace and mar the prospects of all mankind.”

On the European Family

He identifies firstly that peace and sharing of common inheritance is the best way to ensure future prosperity in Europe, which is a theme he dwells on and an idea that Eurosceptics often deride in today’s society. Churchill believed in the idea of a European family and that we could unite together despite our differences, and that they didn’t have to drive us apart and put up borders between good people:

“If Europe is to be saved from infinite misery, and indeed from final doom, there must be an act of faith in the European family and an act of oblivion against all the crimes and follies of the past.”

On Britain’s Place in the United States of Europe

In 1949, in a speech to the European Movement, Churchill explained that:

At Gold Mercury, we want to draw attention to this especially defining speech of Churchill’s and at this particular time, because we believe its message has been lost and that most people are not aware of its existence or significance. A British hero, and arguably Britain’s greatest ever statesman, wholeheartedly supported a federal, integrated Europe. He understood the costs of war, and realised that the single greatest contribution to peace which could be made was only achievable by us coming together, pooling sovereignty, and working towards a cause far greater than ourselves. Learning from the separation and bloodshed of the past, and becoming relevant, exemplary players on a global stage.

You can listen to Churchill’s speech here or read a transcript of it here.

For more information, please contact:

Chon Kemp – Corporate Affairs
Gold Mercury International
Email: chon.kemp@goldmercury.org
Phone: From UK – 0207 193 3708
Abroad: +44 207 193 3708

On the BRAND EU Centre: The mission of the BRAND EU – European Union Brand Centre at Gold Mercury International is to assist in the creation of a powerful EU BRAND identity that connects with citizens and the rest of the world. Via our various programmes, we aim to clarify what the EU really is, its global role and where it is going (vision). One example of a successful programme is Captain Euro, the newly launched European Superhero, who has taken the media by storm and is designed to give Europeans a fun figure they can identify with. It is critical for citizens to get involved in the EU project. To achieve this, we must re-position the BRAND EU and show its key benefits, while proposing ways forward, recognising the need for constructive EU reforms. The Centre uses Gold Mercury International’s extensive experience in global branding and identity issues, European Union affairs, strategic visioning, communications and territorial branding. The centre is backed by prominent supporters of the European Union including Enrique Baron Crespo former President of the European Parliament and Todd Ruppert founder of Ruppert International and former CEO of T. Rowe Price Global Investment Services. www.brandeu.eu

On Gold Mercury International: Established in 1961, Gold Mercury International is the Global Vision Strategy think tank. Gold Mercury works with companies, organisations and leaders to navigate global complexity and develop the strategic visioning and innovation required to build the sustainable business models, cultures and brands for the future. Since its founding in 1961, Gold Mercury has been a pioneer in developing corporate visioning frameworks that integrate the future in strategic planning, policy and governance. Our CORPORATE VISION SYSTEM® brings together the most important organisational components to define, manage and maintain a corporate future: Strategic Visioning, Global Branding, Business Model Innovation and Organisational & Cultural Transformation. GLOGO® is Gold Mercury’s Global Governance Centre for Sustainable Globalisation. GLOGO® develops future intelligence on the challenges and opportunities of globalisation and the way in which it affects global areas and industries. GLOGO’s unique framework includes a monitoring and rating system to organise world complexity and report on the impact of major decisions and events on the future of our world.www.goldmercury.org

 

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Winston Churchill’s United States of Europe

Winston Churchill, speech delivered at the University of Zurich, 19 September 1946

Read our press release here, which explains why the speech is so important and how we are remembering Churchill’s legacy on the 50th anniversary of his death.

I wish to speak about the tragedy of Europe, this noble continent, the home of all the great parent races of the Western world, the foundation of Christian faith and ethics, the origin of most of the culture, arts, philosophy and science both of ancient and modern times. If Europe were once united in the sharing of its common inheritance there would be no limit to the happiness, prosperity and glory which its 300 million or 400 million people would enjoy. Yet it is from Europe that has sprung that series of frightful nationalistic quarrels, originated by the Teutonic nations in their rise to power, which we have seen in this 20th century and in our own lifetime wreck the peace and mar the prospects of all mankind.

What is this plight to which Europe has been reduced? Some of the smaller states have indeed made a good recovery, but over wide areas are a vast, quivering mass of tormented, hungry, careworn and bewildered human beings, who wait in the ruins of their cities and homes and scan the dark horizons for the approach of some new form of tyranny or terror. Among the victors there is a Babel of voices, among the vanquished the sullen silence of despair. That is all that Europeans, grouped in so many ancient states and nations, and that is all that the Germanic races have got by tearing each other to pieces and spreading havoc far and wide. Indeed, but for the fact that the great republic across the Atlantic realised that the ruin or enslavement of Europe would involve her own fate as well, and stretched out hands of succour and guidance, the Dark Ages would have returned in all their cruelty and squalor. They may still return.

Yet all the while there is a remedy which, if it were generally and spontaneously adopted by the great majority of people in many lands, would as by a miracle transform the whole scene and would in a few years make all Europe, or the greater part of it, as free and happy as Switzerland is today. What is this sovereign remedy? It is to recreate the European fabric, or as much of it as we can, and to provide it with a structure under which it can dwell in peace, safety and freedom. We must build a kind of United States of Europe. In this way only will hundreds of millions of toilers be able to regain the simple joys and hopes which make life worth living. The process is simple. All that is needed is the resolve of hundreds of millions of men and women to do right instead of wrong and to gain as their reward blessing instead of cursing.

Much work has been done upon this task by the exertions of the Pan-European Union, which owes so much to the famous French patriot and statesman Aristide Briand. There is also that immense body which was brought into being amidst high hopes after the First World War – the League of Nations. The League did not fail because of its principles or conceptions. It failed because those principles were deserted by those states which brought it into being, because the governments of those states feared to face the facts and act while time remained. This disaster must not be repeated. There is, therefore, much knowledge and material with which to build and also bitter, dearly bought experience to spur.

There is no reason why a regional organisation of Europe should in any way conflict with the world organisation of the United Nations. On the contrary, I believe that the larger synthesis can only survive if it is founded upon broad natural groupings. There is already a natural grouping in the Western Hemisphere. We British have our own Commonwealth of Nations. These do not weaken, on the contrary they strengthen, the world organisation. They are in fact its main support. And why should there not be a European group which could give a sense of enlarged patriotism and common citizenship to the distracted peoples of this mighty continent? And why should it not take its rightful place with other great groupings and help to shape the honourable destiny of man? In order that this may be accomplished there must be an act of faith in which the millions of families speaking many languages must consciously take part.

We all know that the two World Wars through which we have passed arose out of the vain passion of Germany to play a dominating part in the world. In this last struggle crimes and massacres have been committed for which there is no parallel since the Mongol invasion of the 13th century, no equal at any time in human history. The guilty must be punished. Germany must be deprived of the power to rearm and make another aggressive war. But when all this has been done, as it will be done, as it is being done, there must be an end to retribution. There must be what Mr Gladstone many years ago called a “blessed act of oblivion”. We must all turn our backs upon the horrors of the past and look to the future. We cannot afford to drag forward across the years to come hatreds and revenges which have sprung from the injuries of the past. If Europe is to be saved from infinite misery, and indeed from final doom, there must be this act of faith in the European family, this act of oblivion against all crimes and follies of the past. Can the peoples of Europe rise to the heights of the soul and of the instinct and spirit of man? If they could, the wrongs and injuries which have been inflicted would have been washed away on all sides by the miseries which have been endured. Is there any need for further floods of agony? Is the only lesson of history to be that mankind is unteachable? Let there be justice, mercy and freedom. The peoples have only to will it and all will achieve their heart’s desire.

I am now going to say something that will astonish you. The first step in the re-creation of the European family must be a partnership between France and Germany. In this way only can France recover the moral and cultural leadership of Europe. There can be no revival of Europe without a spiritually great France and a spiritually great Germany. The structure of the United States of Europe will be such as to make the material strength of a single State less important. Small nations will count as much as large ones and gain their honour by a contribution to the common cause. The ancient States and principalities of Germany, freely joined for mutual convenience in a federal system, might take their individual places among the United States of Europe.

But I must give you warning, time may be short. At present there is a breathing space. The cannons have ceased firing. The fighting has stopped. But the dangers have not stopped. If we are to form a United States of Europe, or whatever name it may take, we must begin now. In these present days we dwell strangely and precariously under the shield, and I even say protection, of the atomic bomb. The atomic bomb is still only in the hands of a nation which, we know, will never use it except in the cause of right and freedom, but it may well be that in a few years this awful agency of destruction will be widespread and that the catastrophe following from its use by several warring nations will not only bring to an end all that we call civilisation but may possibly disintegrate the globe itself.

I now sum up the propositions which are before you. Our constant aim must be to build and fortify the United Nations Organisation. Under and within that world concept we must re-create the European family in a regional structure called, it may be, the United States of Europe, and the first practical step will be to form a Council of Europe. If at first all the States of Europe are not willing or able to join a union we must nevertheless proceed to assemble and combine those who will and who can. The salvation of the common people of every race and every land from war and servitude must be established on solid foundations, and must be created by the readiness of all men and women to die rather than to submit to tyranny. In this urgent work France and Germany must take the lead together. Great Britain, the British Commonwealth of Nations, mighty America – and, I trust, Soviet Russia, for then indeed all would be well – must be the friends and sponsors of the new Europe and must champion its right to live. Therefore I say to you “Let Europe arise!”

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