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Vote to stay in EU, European bishops’ official urges UK

February 04, 2016

The general secretary of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) has urged voters in the United Kingdom to choose to remain in the European Union.

A referendum on the question is expected to take place before the end of 2017.

“What is good about the promised referendum is that it will usher in a major debate about what it means to be in the EU and, 70 years on, what the mission, purpose and values of the European project are,” Father Patrick Daly wrote in the February issue of COMECE’s newsletter.

“Without prejudice to the outcome of the public debate and with due respect for a sovereign nation’s decision, it has to be clear that even the most cautious commentator, reflecting the social teaching of the Catholic Church, is bound to want the UK to remain in the EU – the UK is a member of our family!” he added. “So, our appeal to our UK readership would be: vote to stay and get your friends to do the same!”


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