The supremacist nature of British, or rather, Greater English nationalism is summed up in this extract from a series of oddly contradictory and counterfactual claims by the controversial right-wing newspaper columnist, Melanie Philips, writing in the Times of London:
“Britain is a nation with the right to rule itself. It is the EU which is the artificial construct, the imagined community that falsely claims for itself the hollow appurtenances of a nation. The EU therefore has no prior claim on its constituent nations which are under no obligation to remain. By contrast, the United Kingdom is a nation which is governed in accordance with its name. Scotland has no right to rip it asunder if it wants to secede from the Union…”
I believe this is called having your cake and eating it too. Of course being a unionist, that is to say, an English nationalist, Philips has a message for England’s perennial bête noire across the Irish Sea:
…the claim to unite Ireland is tenuous since Ireland itself has a tenuous claim to nationhood, having seceded from Britain as the Irish Free State only in 1922.
Britain, by contrast, is an authentic unitary nation.
In France they call this point of view revanchism or “revengism” since it often manifests itself as a political desire to reverse territorial losses or prestige incurred during war or revolution. Such as that which occurred in Ireland from 1916 to 1923. Or the rest of the British empire throughout the 20th century. It would seem that the geopolitical ambitions of the intellectual apologists of Brexit nationalism stretch far beyond the confines of the United Kingdom.
[ASF: With thanks to Marconatrix and Wee Ginger Dug]