John Denham (University of Winchester) finds that the majority of those who identify as primarily English – or equally English and British – are also strongly British; they nonetheless seem to hold a different political outlook to those who identify as primarily British. He suggests that as much attention should be paid to the evolution of British identity as English […]
British politics is regularly said to be at a critical juncture. With Brexit, for once this is not hyperbole, write Nick Pearce (University of Bath) and Gavin Kelly (Resolution Trust). It represents the most significant moment of political choice and potential rupture since the second world war, and in peacetime, possibly since the repeal of the Corn Laws in […]
For 20 years, Northern Ireland was tucked out of sight of Westminster. But the combination of the row over the backstop, the DUP’s power-broking and two years without any government in Stormont have changed that. The hatred and revenge that flowed from British-Irish power struggles is child’s play to arouse and the work of thousands to manage, writes Duncan Morrow […]
The referendum exposed strong intergenerational divisions. With Britain’s young people having overwhelmingly voted in favour of remaining in the European Union, Rakib Ehsan (Royal Holloway, University of London) explores the driving factors behind this support.
The EU referendum rocked the political establishment. The decision to leave represented a rejection of what the vast majority of the political and business class […]
Many working-class people believed – and continue to believe – that Brexit will bring about a positive change in their circumstances. Lisa Mckenzie (Middlesex University) argues that their voices have been ignored for 40 years, and the better-off mock and dismiss their attachment to leaving the EU. It is time to recognise the systematic way the working class has […]
In Newcastle Cathedral is a memorial to Danish sailors who perished during the second world war. Peter Webster considers the deep historical links between Britain and the rest of Europe and the hospitality and safe harbour Tyneside offered to Danes.
In a part of Newcastle that once was central but is now on the edges of the real business of […]
What lessons for Brexit can be drawn from Britain in AD410? Nigel Culkin (University of Hertfordshire) and Richard Simmons write about the broken supply chains and money troubles of the fifth century “Failed state” Britannia.
Imagine you are living in the prosperous Roman town of Durnovaria (or Dorchester, as it’s known today) around the middle of the 4th century. Life is probably quite good. We […]
Talk of ‘Global Britain’ has revived CANZUK – a proposed alliance of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, sharing some of the principles of the EU. Duncan Bell (University of Cambridge, left) and Srdjan Vucetic (University of Ottawa) discuss the history of the idea and argue that it is impossible to isolate it from its colonial origins.
It was coined in […]