Press TV, Edinburgh
As the UK continues to battle over Brexit, fear is rising that Britain’s departure from the European Union will lead to the revival of the country’s imperialist identity.
There is little doubt in anyone’s mind that Brexit has been the biggest political crisis to afflict the United Kingdom in its modern history. With many commentators comparing its divisive nature to historical calamities, such as the English civil war and the Battle of Britain during WWII.
However, concerns have been raised of an apparent revival of British colonialist identity which has become synonymous with Brexit Britain.
Ahead of the Brexit deadline, I spoke to an expert on Britain’s Imperial legacy who explained to me just how fanatical Brexiteers have become.
Mr. Wight also explained how many see the British Empire as a positive achievement which should be revived once more.
At its height, the British Empire was one of the largest in human history, however, many areas occupied by Britain experience tremendous abuses, including land theft, slavery, famine and even genocides.
The UK’s atrocities were also committed close to home. Ireland was once a battlefield between native fighters and British forces, with conflicts raging as recently as the late 20th century. Brexit is being accused of reviving historical divisions.
The United Kingdom was built via Imperialism and colonialism of other countries. This is well documented in the histories of many colonized nations around the world, however, the impact of English imperialism on its closest neighbors is lesser known Brexit has renewed British imperial identity which ironically could lead to a breakup of the Kingdom as we know it.
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