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Clinton Warns Brexit Could End Peace In Northern Ireland

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Guy Bentley Research Associate, Reason Foundation

Former President Bill Clinton joined the debate over Brexit Thursday, warning the Northern Ireland peace process could be jeopardized if Britain leaves the European Union (EU).

Brits will vote for the first time in more than 40 years whether they want to remain members of the EU June 23. Polls show the contest is too close to call, but the “Leave” campaign made a comeback over the past week, closing a substantial lead for the “Remain” campaign.

“It is also important not to minimise the benefits of EU membership to the UK. For example, I was honoured to support the peace process in Northern Ireland,” Clinton wrote in the New Statesman.

“It has benefited from the UK’s membership in the European Union, and I worry that the future prosperity and peace of Northern Ireland could be jeopardised if Britain withdraws.” Clinton argued the EU provided the UK with “prosperity and security.” (RELATED: Financial Legend Says Brexit Would Help The EU)

“In a tumultuous world, marked by slow growth, excessive inequality, massive refugee flows, and sectarian violence, it’s tempting to believe we can reduce our exposure and increase our personal and economic security by turning inward and keeping the world’s problems out,” Clinton added. (RELATED: New Report Explodes Central Argument Against Brexit)

“We’d all like to have the benefits of global interdependence without the burdens. However, because there are disruptive forces we cannot escape, co-operation and collective action are much more likely than withdrawal and isolation to produce prosperity and security.”

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