THE DEAN of Chichester Cathedral has spoken of the importance of the European Union and the dangers of breaking away from it.
He was speaking at a 40th anniversary meal in celebration of the Chichester Society, in October, at Chichester College.
In his speech, he said he was a ‘committed European’, and viewed the current fashion for supporting Euro-phobic political parties as ‘highly dangerous’.
He added: “This may seem a controversial observation and I hope I don’t trespass upon your hospitality, but I belong to the first generation of British men in 1,000 years who have not been compelled to fight in Europe.
“We should never underestimate the influence – for all its faults, which are many – of the European Union on the peace of our continent.
“Peace through friendship is very important to me, as it has been to my predecessors.”
He spoke of his love for Chichester and his enthusiasm for the city’s twinning relationships with Chartres and Ravenna, and the cathedral’s twinning with Chartres, Bayreuth and Bamberg.
He also thanked the society for its friendship to him during his 11 years as dean of Chichester Cathedral.
“May I wish your society a happy birthday and all possible success as you seek to promote the interest of this city, which I have come to love so much,” he finished.