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BRITAIN | A genealogy of the term British reveals its imperial history – and a Brexit paradox

The genealogy of the term British reveals a fragile and contested historical identity – something Brexit has thrown into stark relief. In the 17th century, being British only had meaning as a colonial identity, when it was used to denote the projection of English and Scottish interests overseas. When the term was used within the geographical confines of Great Britain – and later in Great Britain and Ireland – its common use was in reference to the British government or the British constitution.

BRITAIN | Would a second referendum deliver a vote to remain? What polling tells us

With the gridlock in parliament continuing and preparations by the UK government and by Brussels for a “no-deal” Brexit being put in place, a second referendum on EU membership might well be on the cards. But it raises an intriguing question: will a second referendum deliver a different verdict from the first one? To answer this question we need to look both at where public opinion currently stands and where it stood in the past.

Brexit: is it possible to stop it?

Stopping Brexit is possible, but it’s complicated. I’m not arguing here that no Brexit is going to happen, only that it is legally and practically possible, and recent events render it slightly more likely.
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