From Suez to Brexit and back again: Britain’s long search for a role | Curio

From Suez to Brexit and back again: Britain’s long search for a role

17 mins | Jan 22, 2021

Its departure from the EU reopens a difficult debate over its place in the world. From Empire to...? Brexit was built upon many things ("stagnant incomes, austerity, rising inequality, fears about immigration"), but mainly, it was rooted in the remembrance of the UK's glorious past, and the belief "Pax Britannica" could be restored again. In this remarkable analysis of the country's history from the end of World War II until now, Philip Stephens contemplates in the Financial Times why British identity was, and will continue to be, an evolving issue no referendum could give a definite answer to.

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From Financial Times