Churchill's Reaction to Eisenhower's Speech at the English Speaking Union 1951
I'm still reading Never Despair Winston S. Churchill 1945-1965 by Martin Gilbert. It is a bible-sized book, albeit the print is slightly bigger, and it will take me a while yet.
Recently I've come across an interesting chapter. This section of interesting stuff starts on Page 619.
Interesting to me, and those Brits and others on the EU side of the Brexit-argument, I've found more compelling evidence to answer the question: "Would Winston Churchill have been in favour of Britain being in the EU?". Of course, I believe the answer (certainly after the War) was that he would have been in favour.
Ike Eisenhower made a speech at the English Speaking Union Dinner on July 3, 1951. Churchill was there. Churchill didn't actually hear the speech well enough at the time, but read it's transcript the following day. He was ecstatic when he did.
"...So pleased was Churchill by Eisenhower's speech, when finally he read it, that on the morning on July 5 he instructed Conservative Central Office to make a hundred copies of it 'by noon tomorrow at the latest'... In sending a copy of Eisenhower's speech to Woolton, Churchill wrote...
'This is one of the greatest speeches that has been made by an American for many years. It was scarcely reported at all in the British Press... It seems to me it expresses the policy of our Party, and I trust our country, in the most complete and perfect manner
I ask you give directions for the immediate circulation of this speech in every constituency and through every form of organisation that you control. I wish several millions of copies shall be printed, and that it shall become apparent that this is our policy, purpose and plan.'"
So Mr Churchill was happy with the speech by his wartime friend Ike. But what was the contents? And how does this relate to Brexit?
1) President Eisenhower felt that a United Europe would be of benefit to NATO.