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Is Britain European?

Which is the wider divide, the Atlantic or the Channel? Caught between affiliations, Britain has to dig deep to discover Europe at its heart

In recent years, we have experienced a sprawling, almost German-style debate about British identity and Europe. What is Britain? When was Britain? Does Britain still exist? Will Britain survive? Britain has been declared “dead” by Andrew Marr and “abolished” by Peter Hitchens. For decades, people have thought of Britain as a classic nation state. Now Norman Davies tells us that Britain was never a nation state. Anthony Barnett says that Britain was never a nation, although England was. But Roger Scruton, in his extraordinary book on England, informs us that England-which he thinks is also dead-was not a nation either,…

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