A Federation for Western Europe

A Federation for Western Europe

A Federation for Western Europe

A Federation for Western Europe

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Advocates of a federal solution of our immediate post-war problems have been accused of favouring a vague Utopian ideal without giving adequate consideration to the many difficulties involved. In a recent issue of The Spectator, for instance, Mr Harold Nicolson expresses the hope "that the Federal Unionists will not allow their flock to imagine that they have discovered a solution when in fact they have done no more than propound a most important riddle". The criticism was no doubt just according to the information possessed by Mr Nicolson and others outside FEDERAL UNION. In fact, however, those connected with that organisation have for a long time realised that a general idea is not a solution, and committees called together by Mr Patrick Ransome and presided over by Sir William Beveridge have been at work for months on the detailed problems involved. Mr Nicolson mentions, for instance, a number of specific difficulties which, he thought, ought to have been discussed. I have personally been present when every one of those difficulties has been debated at length. Indeed, we could add hundreds to the score that Mr Nicolson mentions. I was asked to attend a meeting of the Political Committee immediately on my return from Canada in October. After that, it was thought desirable that a constitutional lawyer . . .

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