The Cultural Differences Between Scotland And Northern Ireland

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England, the central nation of the United Kingdom and much of the Western World for centuries, is named for a derivative of the Old English name Englaland, which means "land of the Angles". The Angles are an ancient Germanic people whose presence in history is dated as far back as the first century AD. Since then, the small island nation has grown politically, economically, and territorially. While most of this territorial gain has not been permanent, the British empire was at one point the largest in history, spawning the phrase, “the sun never sets on the British Empire.” In large part, this empire was due to a sense of intense patriotic nationalism and belief in British exceptionalism. The ultimate end goal was to spread British …show more content…
As evident by the referendum results, there are large disparities across the United Kingdom and even within England itself over who voted to remain and who voted to leave (Electoral Commission). Historical tensions within the United Kingdom over the sovereignty and relationship of Scotland and Northern Ireland was seen in their voting trends. The cultural differences between England and Scotland and Ireland have been a source of contention for centuries and have never truly gone away, as brought to light by the vote. Both Scotland and Ireland chose to remain EU, in Scotland by a considerable margin of votes. Scotland has promised to remain in the EU, even if it has to secede from the United Kingdom, but will England let it? Will the United Kingdom itself even leave? In November of the same year, the High Court of Justice of England and Wales stated that only an act of Parliament can take the United Kingdom out of the EU, given that it was an act of Parliament, the European Communities Act of 1972, which gave it entrance in the first place (Gilbert). The Court is still hearing testimony as to whether or not it is constitutional for the UK to leave at all, continuing to drag Brexit on into the future. Even if England stays in, will Scotland secede, given the recent rise in nationalist movements across the country? Finally, will any decision made today carry over into the future? The younger generation of British citizens voted overwhelmingly to stay, leading some to say that England has devolved into a gerontocracy, or rule by the old (Chehabi). In light of changing times, will the conservative nationalism that fueled the Brexit decision hold on? Given the recency of these events, many of these questions have yet to be answered, but one thing is certain: patriotism and conservative nationalism have proved divisive

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