By 1946 Europe was beginning to emerge from the ravages of the Second World War which had been the actual outcome of the Munich Agreement. It was said "The Second World War had one victor, the United States; one loser, Germany; and one hero, Britain." Winston Churchill was the personification of the hero due to his wartime leadership and gift for finding just the right phrase for each occasion - the enduring sound bites. By 1946 he was talking about the United States of Europe and by 1949 the Treaty of London had established the Council of Europe. Meanwhile the repair of collateral damage was being organised by the British Army with the European Coal and Steel Community being the first practical example of a co-operative production and marketing.
The last election of members to the European Parliament in 2004 was won by the United Kingdom Independence Party [UKIP] with24 seats and 4.36 million votes leaving Labour  and Conservatives [19 ] in 2nd and 3rd places.
This is the first of a series of articles leading up to the UK referendum.