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The AnglosphereContinuity, Dissonance and Location$
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Ben Wellings and Andrew Mycock

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266618

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266618.001.0001

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The Anglosphere, Race and Brexit

The Anglosphere, Race and Brexit

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The Anglosphere

Eva Namusoke

British Academy

As the UK looks towards an uncertain future outside of the EU, the conversations surrounding the Anglosphere and interchangeably the Commonwealth have been centred on reconnecting with mostly white ‘kith and kin’. These conversations are distinctly backward-looking, while also featuring a sometimes nostalgic view of the British Empire and ‘Old Commonwealth’. This chapter focuses on the contemporary Commonwealth as a key insight into the ideology surrounding the modern Anglosphere, and posits a closer examination of race in the UK–Commonwealth relationship following the campaign and result of the 2016 EU referendum. The issue of immigration is used to examine the ways in which different white, black and Indian Commonwealth citizens have been treated in Britain. This chapter also includes a reflection on the 1960s and 1970s EEC applications, the contentious role played by India in challenging white, British-centric Commonwealth politics, and the connection between the far right and Old Commonwealth or Anglosphere-supporting Brexit campaigners.

Keywords:   Anglosphere, Brexit, Commonwealth, race, immigration, India

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