I enjoyed reading this, and agreed with much of it, but this claim is frankly ridiculous, and I suspect the author realises as much. “The EU, for all its many awful faults, has prevented a war in Europe for longer than ever before.” The EU in its current incarnation has existed since 1991. It went through several previous phases since its inception as the European Coal and Steel Community in 1951 with just 6 members. There are 3 factors which are much more significant to the preservation of peace, NATO, Mutually assured destruction and unity in the face of the common threat posed by the USSR. In light of this, Trump and his comments on NATO are worrying. Le Pen and her particular brand of French nationalism is worrying, the SNP and their brand of Scottish separatist nationalism is worrying. Erdogan and his islamist despotism is worrying (and frankly a bit sickening). But the UK is still run by the most successful party in its history, is fully committed to NATO, the European military alliance and opposition to Putin. Brexit is not what you thinks it is.