This is the main page for H-Nationalism's series on "Brexit, Nationalism and the Future of Europe," organized by Dr. Brian Girvin of the University of Glasgow (Brian.Girvin@glasgow.ac.uk). Individual posts are available in the table immediately below. Please feel welcome to join in the conversation!
Brexit, Nationalism and the Future of Europe
H-Nationalism is pleased to publish here the fifth post in its 'Brexit, Nationalism and the Future of Europe' monthly series, which discusses the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union and its impact on nationalism and the future of Europe in a multidisciplinary perspective. Please feel welcome to add to the discussion by posting a reply.
Thanks for this Ben. I agree with you on the 'English' nature of this position. It is clear that little consideration was given by those promoting leave to Northern Ireland (and perhaps Scotland as well). While it is only one poll, I think it fits in with other signs of a distinctive English attitude to the EU, which you have so well illuminated in your book.
Thanks Brian and Jonathan
I also thought that the YouGov poll conducted for LBC on 21-22 March 2018 was very interesting: https://www.lbc.co.uk/hot-topics/brexit/brits-would-rather-leave-eu-than...
Following up on Jon Tonge's post on Northern Ireland, can I draw your attention to a recent publication which provides some further insights into attitudes in that region of the UK.
Offering a slightly different focus, this article by Dr. Marc Scully on Brexit and Irish passports will be of interest to many of our readers of this series.
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Assistant Professor of History, UNM
Many thanks for this post on what must remain the most complex and puzzling aspect of the Brexit controversy.
I wonder is there any evidence that the Leave campaign actually gave any thought to the issue of Northern Ireland and/or its impact on the Good Friday Agreement and stability there?
H-Nationalism is pleased to publish here the fourth post of its 'Brexit, Nationalism and the Future of Europe' monthly series, which discusses the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union and its impact on nationalism and the future of Europe in a multidisciplinary perspective.
Many thanks to Michael for his detailed response. Those following the blog might be interested in the following article in the Irish Times by Brendan O'Leary, which touches on a number of the themes already discusses in this series: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/brexit-or-ukexit-twelve-predictions-about-northern-ireland-s-future-1.3457324
Thanks to Ben Wellings and Brian Girvin for these comments. In response to Ben, post-sovereignty is partly a response to new European opportunities. Yet it also has historic roots in a usable past. The same is true in Quebec, Catalonia and the Basque Country. These are places where the sovereignty issue was never fully resolved. The pre-union Scottish Parliament never attained full sovereignty, partly because the ecclesiastical realm escaped state control under the twa kingdomes doctrine.
Many thanks to Michael Keating for his discussion of the impact of Brexit on Scotland. I wonder what the implications are for the possibility of another referendum on independence in the near future. I was interested by some of the data that appeared after the EU membership referendum. It appears that a significant minority of SNP/independence supporters voted to leave the EU, despite the official policy of ‘independence in Europe’. This also seems to be the case in Wales where many Plaid Cymru voters supported the leave position.