THERE is a recurring narrative concerning Brexit, which is at best inaccurate, and at worst deeply offensive: “We got through two world wars, we can get through Brexit; going against the referendum means our soldiers died for nothing!”

On June 26, 1916 Lance Corporal George Cragg of Longsleddale, Cumbria, died in the Somme, aged 21. He was my great uncle and I have to assume there is a chance he would object to his memory being used as part of such a divisive political argument more than 100 years later. Therefore, on his behalf, I object.

There is no correlation between Brexit and either world war. In war we were united against a common enemy; in Brexit we are fighting ourselves. Rather pathetically as it happens.

Whether we voted to leave or to remain, we can surely acknowledge that, yes, as a country we survived, however an obscene number of us most certainly did not “get through two world wars”.

So can we please stop romanticising this period of British history, which should always be remembered as a time of awful loss, that left us a broken Britain, with lasting and immeasurable repercussions.

By all means, state your case for or against our future relationship with the EU, but leave Lance Corporal Cragg out of it.

Suzie Pye