Increase in English patriotism at expense of British identity, study shows

The UK vote for Brexit showed Europe that the UK wanted to stand alone as a united Britain outside of Europe.

However, a new study indicates that more people now think of themselves as English rather than British.

The YouGov statistics found that nearly 20 per cent of people think of themselves as English rather than British, this shows a 5 per cent increase since 2015. Additionally the number of people thought of themselves as British over English also fell in the previous twelve months, reports the Guardian.

This sense of Englishness could have increase due to the fact that Scotland and Northern Irelands voted to Remain part of the EU, leading to a siege mentality against England’s’ closest neighbours. However Wales also voted to Leave the EU, so it wasn’t only the English who wanted to exit the European project.

The study, led by the former Labour cabinet minister John Denham who now heads the University of Winchester’s Centre for English Identity and Politics, found those who felt most English were most likely to vote leave.

There have been concerns that the increase in nationalism may have led to an increase in race hate and homophobic attacks post-Breixt, as the UK suffered a noticeable rise in these types of attacks since the vote to leave the EU.

40-year-old Polish national Arek Jóźwik was killed in what was believed to be a hate crime, in Harlow in Essex.

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