Justin Welby has waded into the Brexit debate
The Church of England leader hinted the nation’s decision to break away from the bureaucratic European Union (EU) could be linked in with the election of Donald Trump and rising popularity of populist leaders including Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders.
In his opening address at the CofE’s synod, Justin Welby said: “There are a thousand ways to explain the Brexit vote, or the election of President Trump, or the strength in the polls in Holland of Geert Wilders or in France of Madame Le Pen and many other leaders in a nationalist, populist or even fascist tradition of politics.”
Making an address at Church House in London, the Most Rev Welby also claimed the “impact of globalisation economically, or marginalisation politically and of post-modernity culturally” would play a role in the new political landscape.
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Welby spoke in London
Justin Weby recently said Brexit would allow Britain to 'move forward as a society'
But going forward he said now was a time for “a moment to reimagine Britain, a moment of potential opportunity, certainly combined with immensely hard work and heavy lifting”.
He added: “It is a moment of challenge, but challenge that as a nation can be overcome with the right practices, values, culture and spirit.
“This could be a time of liberation, of seizing and defining the future, or it could be one in which the present problems seize our national future and define us.”
The remarks come in stark contrast to the 61-year-old’s comments this month where he said Brexit would allow Britain to “move forward as a society”.
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However, it came after the Archbishop who was appointed to the top job within the Church of England in 2013 previously said he would be voting to remain in the EU as he thought Britain should be a “country for the world”.
Writing in 2016, he said: “But for my part, based on what I have said and on what I have experienced I shall vote to remain.
“I hope and pray that the result will be reached with the aim of a good Britain in a good Europe, whether as part of the EU or not. I pray that each person's vote will be based on generosity, hope, confidence.
"I pray that we will then reunite with immense determination to be a gift to the world of today and to future generations.”
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