National Conversations

May’s repeal act will ensure that Parliament does vote on Brexit

Those who have insisted that parliament must vote on Brexit have won the argument about process - but may not get the outcome that they hoped for.

Brexit not Wexit: the Welsh Euros adventure goes on

Wales voted narrowly for Brexit, but the country is united on another European adventure, writes Ashok Ahir.

Scots still 50/50 on independence in next decade – new poll

A new poll from British Future finds only 52% of Scots think independence will come in the next ten...

Can Scotland find a new political consensus?

Chris Creegan reflects on the historic election result in Scotland and asks whether Scotland can find a new, post-election...

Flag of St George

Ten things we know (or don’t know) about St George’s Day

Many of us in England will be celebrating St George’s Day this week, commemorating the nation’s patron saint. Others...

Will Scotland decide the future of the UK again?

The General Election in Scotland this year is probably the least predictable the nation has ever seen – and...

English flag. Photo: crabchick

England should get what England wants – it’s time to find out what that is

Any party that keeps wondering whether the ‘English question’ really needs to be asked will find itself shut out...

Scotland: Five reasons the No campaign should (just about) win in the end

The referendum in Scotland is shaping up to be a nail-biter. Scotland will, quite rightly, get whatever the majority...

British values

Our schools must teach British values, for Britain’s sake

Nations are held together by the common bonds between their citizens. Without British values, what is to stop Britain...

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Northern Ireland quietly opens heart to mixed relationships

More couples are bridging the Protestant-Catholic divide than ever before, but many remain unwilling to talk about it, writes...

Lionel Asbo, Martin Amis. Photo: Amazon UK

Amis’s view that English equals white is out of date

Martin Amis’s recent claim that white skin is still a key attribute of being English is at odds with...

St Patrick's Day celebrations in London. Photo: xpgomes10

English should learn from St Patrick’s and celebrate own saint

Liberals who still fear that the St George’s flag is associated with far-right groups should take a lead from...

Lord Mayor of Belfast Alderman Gavin Robinson lays a wreath at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall to mark the 96th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, 2012. Photo: DUP Photos

Rest of UK can learn from Northern Ireland WW1 commemoration

As we enter the period of 1914-18 centenaries, Northern Ireland offers some pointers as to how to tackle some...

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VIDEO: England and the north

Englishness is on the rise. On Wednesday 20th November a wide range of people came together to debate this...

Giant Olympic rings, Tyne Bridge, Newcastle. Photo: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Appetite to discuss Englishness alive and well in north-east

The Discovery Museum in central Newcastle was full with over 100 engaged local people who had travelled from Newcastle,...

Tapestry of Britain’s smallest city shows inclusive Welsh identity

One artist’s plan to paint every inhabitant of St Davids, Britain’s smallest city, will act as a valuable social...

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Will Englishness have a political dimension?

Last week British Future director Sunder Katwala wrote an article in the Guardian arguing that people should not feel...

Liberals should not be uneasy about Englishness

The most surprising aspect of David Edgar's engaged but sceptical take on the Festival of Englishness hosted by British...

Child celebrating St George's Day 2010. Photo: garryknight

English identity – British Future poll findings

As part of the Festival of Englishness co-hosted with IPPR, British Future commissioned ICM to conduct polling about English...

EDL march in London on 7th September 2013. Photo: David Holt London

Even EDL leader realises we don’t ‘do’ that kind of extremism here

The leader of the English Defence League (EDL), Tommy Robinson, has announced that he is leaving the organisation, as...