Today the Church of England remembers St Boniface who was born in Crediton Devon in the 7th century. Boniface, or Winfrith, is known as the Apostle to the Germans because of his missionary work there. He is also the patron saint of the Netherlands. He is sometimes referred to as the first European.
There is a striking carved wood sculpture in the parish church at Crediton.
Next door to the church there’s a modern church community centre named the Boniface Centre.
If the 48% of EU referendum voters who want to remain in the EU were looking for a patron saint of our cause them Boniface is a good candidate; working as he did to bring unity to the people of the European continent around shared values and mutual respect.