But once you break it down, it's imprecise to say the UK voted to leave the EU. England and Wales did. And even the result in Wales was thanks largely to the retired English people who live there.
Meanwhile, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Welsh-speaking parts of Wales did not. In a very real sense, this was a sovereignty project in which the English sought to impose their will on other nations.
The impossible Northern Irish problem demonstrates this isn't a merely semantic observation. It's a fundamental question of identity in much the same way as the whole Brexit vote was.
https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/ ... 533uc.html
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