Ladies and Gentlemen.
As someone who has only come into politics recently I know I am standing in the footsteps of many giants at this lectern.
The greatest of them was of course Winston Churchill who set out his vision for a united Europe – albeit one not including Britain – in his 1946 speech in this city.
I am sure almost every possible anecdote has been told about Churchill in these speeches over the years. But some bear repeating, because the current context makes them even more relevant.Read full speech PDF here