Perhaps the EU Commissioners could learn a little from this message from Ximo Puig, the President of the Valencian Community in Spain:
Europe cannot be understood without the United Kingdom. The
Europe which the world admires, is that which has been the hotbed of
the brightest ideas of human thought for centuries. The Europe of
Shakespeare, Newton, Darwin, Stuart Mill, Jane Austen, Dickens, John
The Europe of parliamentary democracy and freedom.
The Europe which displaces the boundaries of art and knowledge,
radiating creativity to the rest of the world. It is the Europe of peace
after the war. From that peace has evolved the material that allows the
real progress of peoples. In short, Europe has largely learned to be
what it is, thanks to the UK.
In Valencia we understand this. More
than 82,000 British citizens live with us. 89% of these in the province
of Alicante. In 2015 more than 2 million Britons visited us. And their
preferred destination was Alicante, especially Benidorm.
in value almost 3,000 million euros, and the UK is one of the main
investors in Valencia Province. To all those, who live among us and to
our visitors, the investors, the Generalitat Valenciana wants to send a
message of calm and reiterate our affection and gratitude.
message of tranquillity extends to our businesses, and to the thousands
of people from Valencia who for work or for study reasons are in the UK.
The Valencian Community has been, is, and will be a welcoming land, a
land that wants to do business for the benefit of all. Whatever the next
chapter in Europe will be, we want it to be written with friendship and
cooperation with the United Kingdom.
No political project is
without its risks and challenges. Europe has to change, adapt and
combine all identities and sensibilities. All forms of feeling European.
Europe needs to regain its sense of being.
We have to once again
make a reality of the quote of Jean Monnet. "We are not bringing
together states, we are uniting people." We need to regain our passion