It’s also the legacy bequeathed by the secularized confessional culture of traditional British Protestantism (or Anglican/Episcopalian nationalism, to be more precise).
There is a reason that Brexit and Trump occured in the U.S. and UK.
Folks expecting a glorious repeat over in continental Europe this year - in France and Germany - are going to be mightily disappointed. I’m subtly trying to prepare them for it since I understand (and they don’t seem to) the cultural differences towards supranational governance/globalization that made Brexit a popular grassroots movement in Britain, like Trumpism in America, but which will not be replicated in continental Europe - no matter what Marine Le Pen hopes and wary pollsters fear (given the upsets of 2016).
Americans are going to witness first-hand a chasm between the reaction of the “Anglo-Saxon” world and the continental European one.
Thing is, Britain is changing demographically and the momentum lies in the long-term with the Pro-EU/continentalist faction. Brexit will happen (more likely than not) - and its almost certainly going to be a “Hard” one now - but I think we’d be very rash and naive to think that it spells the end of Britain’s integration with Europe. A new chapter will open up a decade or two from now. Mark my words.
There is a reason Brexiteers are in a hurry to get it done. Time is not on there side.
The only member state where a Eurosceptic upset could viably occur is in the Netherlands this coming March - but even there it is exceedingly unlikely that Geert Wilders could form a government - and despite being one of the original Six their influence is much less significant than that of the “big boys” such as France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
If one wants an indication of the “continentalist mindset”, at heart, consider Spain in 2017:
**Return of prodigal Spain
By DIEGO TORRES 1/12/17**
MADRID — Mariano Rajoy seems to believe the time is right for Spain to reclaim its place at the EU’s top table, reversing more than a decade of decaying Spanish influence in Brussels just in time for Brexit negotiations.
After an economic crisis that wiped 10 percent off its economic output, and almost a year of political instability following two inconclusive elections, Spain now has a fully functioning government and one of the strongest growth rates in the EU. Rajoy now touts his country as a “reliable” partner for the EU, offer advice on how to fight populism by delivering growth, and defend the role of “moderate parties” in shoring up the European project…
Still for the time being, the conservative government is presenting this Spain as a solid bastion of pro-European values and moderate policies the EU can count on in these uncertain times. Ministers are marketing Spain as a case study on how to boost the economy and reign in extremism at a time of rising populism across the Continent and political uncertainty as the Dutch, French and Germans head to the polls this year and Britain prepares to leave the EU.
Spain is almost alone in Europe in having no anti-EU political forces in parliament, and Rajoy doesn’t have to call an election until 2020, though his Popular Party only has a third of the seats in parliament, potentially limiting his ability to negotiate in Brussels.
“We have left behind a period in which Spain … was perceived as a problem for Europe,” Dastis said last month. “Now it is the project of European building that is going through a problematic phase and it is Spain that is ready to contribute to relaunch it.”
In an interview with El País last weekend, the foreign minister said the European Commission and the European Council had asked Spain to play a bigger role in EU affairs.
That’s the future for the continent.