Is Brexit Britain suffering from an imperial hangover?

Posted by ap507 at Mar 30, 2017 09:24 AM |
Britain's biggest post-Brexit challenge will be dealing with its imperial past, says Dr Stan Neal from the School of History, Politics and International Relations
Is Brexit Britain suffering from an imperial hangover?

Source: Al Jazeera

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Dr Stan Neal from the School of History, Politics and International Relations has written an article for Al Jazeera discussing Brexit following Prime Minister Theresa May's triggering of Article 50.

In the article he says: "UK Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 yesterday and officially started the process that will lead to Britain leaving the European Union. Now attention turns to what will happen next.

"Much of the analysis has so far been focused on the forthcoming negotiations with the EU, with the possibility of no EU trade deal seeming increasingly likely. But the real debate has been over what Britain's role in the world will be after Brexit.

"May has promised a "truly global Britain" outside the EU and some supporters of Brexit have framed the break from Brussels as an opportunity for Britain to strengthen its historical, imperial relationships.

"This is a deeply problematic and dangerous view. To become "truly global" Britain needs to shake off this imperial hangover."

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Think: Leicester does not necessarily reflect the views of the University of Leicester - it expresses the independent views and opinions of the academic who has authored the piece. If you do not agree with the opinions expressed, and you are a doctoral student/academic at the University of Leicester, you may write a counter opinion for Think: Leicester and send to ap507@le.ac.uk