Why do the British not feel European?
尝试去区分 Acknowledgment 和 Recognition 意思的差别：
Both the words Acknowledgment and Recognition, appear at the
first sight to be the same. However, there is a small difference.
Acknowledgment, we use, as when I am writing a book, I say, I
acknowledge R’s work in editing, rewriting, and so on. Here the main
work is mine, and I acknowledge the inputs of another person called R,
who is helping my work.
Whereas for Recognition, the main work is done by the person I am
appreciating. Consider the example, “I recognize R for her excellent
culinary skills. My appreciation is so much; I would do anything to be
invited to a meal she has done!”
获得39.7k好评的回答 @Stuart Aitken：
I spent a year living in an internationaldormitoryin China, with
students from all over the world. “Birds of a feather flock together”,
as they say. Of all the various categorisations that could be made based
on the way people formed their groups, the most obvious collections
The country has just taken part in a giant democratic exercise –
perhaps the biggest in our history. Over 33 million people – from
England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar – have all
had their say.
We should be proud of the fact that in these islands we trust the
people with these big decisions.
We not only have a parliamentary democracy, but on questions about the
arrangements for how we are governed, there are times when it is
right to ask the people themselves – and that is what we have done.
The British people have voted to leave the European Union and their
will must be respected.
I want to thank everyone who took part in the campaign on my side of
the argument, including all those who put aside party differences to
speak in what they believed was the national interest.
And let me congratulate all those who took part in the leave campaign
– for the spirited and passionate case that they made.
The will of the British people is an instruction that must be
delivered. It was not a decision that was taken lightly, not least
because so many things were said by so many different organisations
about the significance of this decision.
So there can be no doubt about the result.
Across the world people have been watching the choice that Britain has
made. I would reassure those markets and investors that Britain’s
economy is fundamentally strong.
And I would also reassure Brits living in European countries and
European citizens living here that there will be no immediate changes
in your circumstances. There will be no initial change in the way
our people can travel, in the way our goods can move or the way our
services can be sold.
We must now prepare for a negotiation with the European Union. This
will need to involve the full engagement of the Scottish, Welsh and
Northern Ireland Governments, to ensure that the interests of all
parts of our United Kingdom are protected and advanced.
But above all this will require strong, determined and committed
I am very proud and very honoured to have been Prime Minister of this
country for six years.
I believe we have made great steps, with more people in work than ever
before in our history; with reforms to welfare and education;
increasing people’s life chances; building a bigger and stronger
society; keeping our promises to the poorest people in the world, and
enabling those who love each other to get married whatever their
But above all restoring Britain’s economic strength, and I am
grateful to everyone who has helped to make that happen.
I have also always believed that we have to confront big decisions –
not duck them.
That’s why we delivered the first Coalition government in seventy
years to bring our economy back from the brink. It’s why we
delivered a fair, legal and decisive referendum in Scotland. And why I
made the pledge to renegotiate Britain’s position in the European
Union and hold a referendum on our membership, and have carried those
I fought this campaign in the only way I know how – which is to say
directly and passionately what I think and feel – head, heart and
I held nothing back.
I was absolutely clear about my belief that Britain is stronger, safer
and better off inside the European Union, and I made clear the
referendum was about this and this alone – not the future of any
single politician, including myself.
But the British people have made a very clear decision to take a
different path, and as such I think the country requires fresh
leadership to take it in this direction.
I will do everything I can as Prime Minister to steady the ship over
the coming weeks and months, but I do not think it would be right for
me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next
This is not a decision I have taken lightly, but I do believe it is in
the national interest to have a period of stability and then the new
There is no need for a precise timetable today, but in my view we
should aim to have a new Prime Minister in place by the start of the
Conservative Party Conference in October.
Delivering stability will be important and I will continue in post as
Prime Minister with my Cabinet for the next three months. The Cabinet
will meet on Monday.
The Governor of the Bank of England is making a statement about the
steps that the Bank and the Treasury are taking to reassure financial
markets. We will also continue taking forward the important
legislation that we set before Parliament in the Queen’s Speech. And I
have spoken to Her Majesty the Queen this morning to advise her of the
steps that I am taking.
A negotiation with the European Union will need to begin under a new
Prime Minister, and I think it is right that this new Prime Minister
takes the decision about when to trigger article 50 and start the
formal and legal process of leaving the EU.
I will attend the European Council next week to explain the decision
the British people have taken and my own decision.
The British people have made a choice. That not only needs to be
respected – but those on the losing side of the argument, myself
included, should help to make it work.
Britain is a special country.
We have so many great advantages.
A parliamentary democracy where we resolve great issues about our
future through peaceful debate; a great trading nation, with our
science and arts, our engineering and our creativity respected the
And while we are not perfect, I do believe we can be a model of a
multi-racial, multi-faith democracy, where people can come and make a
contribution and rise to the very highest that their talent
Although leaving Europe was not the path I recommended, I am the first
to praise our incredible strengths. I have said before that Britain
can survive outside the European Union and indeed that we could find a
Now the decision has been made to leave, we need to find the best way,
and I will do everything I can to help.
I love this country – and I feel honoured to have served it.
And I will do everything I can in future to help this great country
Westerners – (European and American mainly)
East Asians – (Thailand, Korea, Japan, Vietnam)
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South Asians – (India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan)
Middle-easterners/Arabic – (Iran, Yemen etc)
Slavic/Central Asian – (Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan etc)
People really do gravitate into groups based on ethnic and cultural
identity. At that time, I knew more than ever that I was a European. The
way I as a Brit acted, thought was entirely in tune with the Europeans I
spent time with.
I am definitely European.
Before this experience, I’ll admit I wasn’t hugely aware of this.
As to why most Brits don’t feel European, I suspect it’sbecause of the
rather large stretch of water that separates us from the mainland. So
Brits not identifying as European is quite a standard phenomenon, I
获得10.7k好评的回答 @Geoffrey Thorndyke：
Why do the British not feel European?
I am answering the question from a purely personal view. First I regard
myself as “English” not British. Secondly I do not feel European as
Europe is “abroad”. I have been there, Germany, Austria, France, but not
However the question! – Europe is other countries, other languages,
other histories Interesting but different. I do not feel any connection
with these other countries, and certainly do not feel part of any group
or association of other countries.
Living a quiet life in a rural part of England, I do not have much
contact with citizens of other countries. I do not dislike them or
object to them, they simply do not impact on my life.
It is the same with Europe, I know it’s there, know a reasonable amount
about it, but have absolutely no contact with it.