After 200 years of Greece being robbed of its famous marble Parthenon sculptures, known around the world as the so-called “Elgin Marbles,” it looks as though these 2,500-year-old marbles might actually be returned to their home in Athens.
Now a new UK Bill, The Parthenon Sculptures (Return to Greece), is set to be presented by a joint-partisan panel composed of Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams, supported by Conservative Jeremy Lefroy and 10 other MPs from Labor, the SNP and Plaid Cymru.
“This Bill proposes that the Parliament should annul what it did 200 years ago. In 1816 Parliament effectively state-sanctioned the improper acquisition of these impressive and important sculptures from Greece,” Mr Williams said according to the independent.co.uk.
“It’s time we engaged in a gracious act. To put right a 200-year wrong,” he said.
“These magnificent artifacts were improperly dragged and sawn off the remains of the Parthenon.”
Recent polls have shown an overwhelming majority of UK citizens support the reunification of the Greek Marbles as an Ipsos-Mori poll recently showed 69 percent of Britons were in favor of returning the marbles, while only a mere 13 percent were against.
Under David Cameron’s governing, the UK government has remained in opposition to returning the statues to their rightful owners in Greece.
In 2011, he joked that Britain was not going to “lose its marbles.”
Following the recent vote in favor of Brexit, the desire by the UK public has increased even more in favor of returning the marbles to Greece.
“If we are about the negotiate a decent trade deal with our European friends, the last thing we want to do is to show the kind of raspberries and two-fingers that (Nigel) Farage was displaying in the European Parliament the other day,” Andrew George, chair of the British Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures said.
“And there could be no better demonstration of that generosity and graciousness than to do what would be the right thing by the Greeks,” George said.