I have been asked by the LSE’s Brexit blog to comment on the speech in which Boris Johnson used John Stuart Mill’s words to make the case for the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. You can read my post here – comments are welcome!
Question: What are the European topics you probably could agree on with Mr Schäuble?
YV: That Europe needs a political union and that, without it, our monetary union is problematic.
In his examination of John Stuart Mill’s thought on Europe in Mill’s works Bentham, On Liberty and Utilitarianism, Simon Glendinning has shown why, according to Mill, we are Europeans because we are not one. He also states that European greatness stems from cultural and national diversities across the continent and that the danger of stationariness (in Mill’s own words) comes from uniformity of thought. As a lesson for today, Glendinning argues that the European Union can be successful only if it preserves diversity and prevents intolerance.
However, through an investigation of what is probably Mill’s main work in the field of political theory, Considerations on Representative Government, we may find further hints on why European federalists should consider a plurality of nationalities as positive and how a proper federation should be built. (Read the full article on EUROPP)