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Don’t sneer at patrotism—Brexit is rooted in the ground beneath our feet

Despite the international scaremongering campaign around Brexit, loyalty to where we're born is what creates the space for democracy

By Norman Lamont   October 2017

The invention of the nation state is closely related to the development of democracy. Photo: PA

Whatever criticisms might be made of Theresa May, she clearly has an eye for a good turn of phrase and has already provided several entries into the dictionary of political quotation. One drew particular attention: “If you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere.” For these words she was met with a hailstorm of criticism.

But she is right. Citizenship is a legal relationship consisting of…

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