When the EU is the peacemaker worth fighting for UK politicians have a duty to stand back and reflect a little more

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I've read with sorrow reports of rioting in the Ukraine.

That sorrow has been tinged with respect for the fact that people will still come out onto the streets at risk to themselves to demand freedom.

Whilst I believe the EU a flawed institution in need of reform I am pleased it can offer people hope - hope enough to take risk for.

And in that case I saddened to even greater degree by those in the UK who treat it with contempt.

Whatever else the EU has done - and I stress, it is not all good - it has upheld a great many freedoms, many of which are important. And the result is that it has also upheld peace. We turn our back on that at our peril.

What we have to do is make it work.