“Peace for our time” was a declaration made by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Neville Chamberlain in his 30 September 1938 speech concerning the Munich Agreement and the Anglo-German Declaration. The phrase echoed Benjamin Disraeli, who, upon returning from the Congress of Berlin in 1878, stated, “I have returned from Germany with peace for our time”. It is primarily remembered for its ironic value: less than a year after the agreement, continued pressure for return of the Polish corridor by Hitler, and subsequently the invasion of Poland was followed by declarations of war on Germany by France and the United Kingdom.
It is often misquoted as “peace in our time”, which had appeared long before in the Book of Common Prayer as “Give peace in our time, O Lord”, probably based on the 7th-century hymn “Da pacem Domine! in diebus nostris, Alleluja”. It is unknown how deliberate Chamberlain’s use of such a similar term was.
This view illustrates that Boris Johnson along with David Cameron are special cases in the debate. Both occupy central positions in the conversation between the main Leave campaign on the left and Remain campaign on the right. Neither account is strongly associated with either campaign.