Europe’s colonial embrace and the Brexit nostalgia for empire are two sides of the same coin

The narrative on European integration is that it heralded in a new dawn of peace, democracy and human rights. The reality is that the EU’s foundations lie in the colonial histories of its founding Member States, an origin story with which it has never grappled. Brexit was also an emanation of nostalgia for empire, writes Nadine El-Enany (Birkbeck), in this edited extract from her new book Bordering Britain: Law, Race and Empire.

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