Brexit: Who was it who ‘defied their jailers’?

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The Brexit referendum, on whether the UK or ‘Great Britain’ is to stay in the EU, passed, and by a respectable margin.

The headline of this article, from the UK Daily Mail, says ‘This was the day the British people defied their jailers.’ Was it? The Scots vote indicates that they strongly favor staying in the EU. The Welsh seem to lean in that direction. London itself, being demographically very un-English, and even un-British, voted to stay in the EU.

So it was primarily the English, that is the people who are of ethnic English (Anglo-Saxon) origin, who ‘defied their jailers.’ Not the British; the term ”British”, though used very loosely and incorrectly as a synonym for ‘English’, includes the Scots, the Welsh, the Ulstermen, and the Cornish. It’s a civic term, ”British”, and in terms of this election, we see that the term ”British” does not describe a homogeneous or monolithic group of voters.  Just as the term ‘American’ can encompass people as disparate as Alaskans and Manhattanites, the term ”British” is not an ethnic descriptive; there is kinship between the various UK nationalities, but they are not the same folk. The Scots, the Welsh, and anyone who identifies as Celtic will assertively tell you they are not English; some will claim the term British but many disown even that.

In any case, the fact that Brexit passed is to be credited to the English, whether they thought of it in those terms or not. Sadly, many ethnic English have come to think  of themselves only as their civic identity, ‘British’  or perhaps they use the two terms interchangeably, not really thinking about it.

The English who think of themselves by their civic identity, ironically, resemble many Anglo-Saxon descended Americans, who identify primarily, or only, as ‘Americans’, which is another civic identity, like the umbrella term ‘British.’

To be ‘British’, or ‘just American’, implies nothing about one’s ancestry, especially in this day of mass immigration, ethnic cleansing, racial displacement/replacement, and loss of identity.

The term ‘British’ and the careless way in which it is used when the ethnic term ‘English’ is really meant, is another method of identity erasure, just as the ‘American’ identity has now become stripped of real meaning.

In any case, I hope this vote today, if nothing else, becomes a turning point, and a re-awakening of a sense of heritage and specifically Anglo-Saxon roots in the UK. The ‘Celts’ in the UK have their own aggressive nationalisms, which seem these days to be based mostly in hostility towards the English, but the ethnic English have yet to awake.

Here’s to an awakening of the sleeping English. Sent from a kinswoman across the Atlantic.

3 thoughts on “Brexit: Who was it who ‘defied their jailers’?

  1. This is good news for old England no doubt but the Welsh have to be given their due as well. The vote percentage for leave was about 53% in England and Wales so a majority both places were for it.

    Also one has to remember in Northern Ireland’s case you have large numbers of people who live there whose primary allegiance is to the Irish nationalist tradition and they are part of its vote totals as well. Leave won in several strong Unionist areas especially Antrim.


  2. This is good news for old England to be sure but the Welsh have to be given there due as well with both countries voting at about 53% for leave.

    Also one has to remember in Northern Ireland the Catholic nationalist tradition is a big part of the voting bloc. The strongest unionist areas especially Antrim voted for leave as well. I tried to link the BBC map but the spam filter caught it.


    1. After I wrote the post I saw that the Welsh voted for leaving. I stand corrected, so credit to the Welsh, though they do have a leftist faux-nationalist party. I am not sure why they did not vote for staying as the Scots, predictably, did.
      I was not sure how Northern Ireland ended up voting; I am aware of the divide between Unionists (who are usually pro-British) and the ‘nationalists’ who were urged by Sinn Fein to vote to remain.


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