Former Welsh Secretary claims EU ‘refused to put England on maps’
A former Welsh Secretary has claimed that the EU has “refused to put England on their maps”.
John Redwood, the Tory MP for Wokingham in Berkshire, accused the European Union of breaking up England into “unpopular Euro regions”.
But he added that he was “relieved they allowed Scotland and Wales to escape whole and unscathed”.
He made the claim in a letter to the Archbishop of York in which he said he was “pleased to hear” his view that there needed to be more recognition of England and Englishness to complement the recognition of Scottish and Welsh cultures” in the UK.
Writing in the Telegraph, Archbishop Stephen Cottrell said many people in England feel left behind by “metropolitan elites in London and the South East”, are “patronised as backwardly xenophobic”, and he called for “an expansive vision of what it means to be English”.
In his article, he also called for Wales to sing God Save the Queen before international sports games.
He suggested that when the different nations of the UK play each other in sporting contests that they “belt out our individual anthems” before they “sing our national anthem together”.
In his letter, John Redwood said: “I was pleased to hear reported your view that there needs to be more recognition of England and Englishness to complement the recognition of Scottish and Welsh cultures and interests within the UK Union.
“I was not however persuaded that you do understand the nature of the English view when you went on to propose the international and EU elite solution to the English problem, more devolution to regions.
“England has rejected EU/Whitehall proposals to create artificial regions with elected governments.
“Many of us resented the way the EU refused to put England on their maps but broke us up into unpopular Euro regions.
“We were relieved they allowed Scotland and Wales to escape whole and unscathed. We are now concerned about the EU’s aggressive approach to Northern Ireland.”