The meaning of Global Britain after empire

Letter to the Editor
The Financial Times
April 20, 2017

Sir, I was surprised to see Janan Ganesh (“Forget empire — Britain wants less of the world, not more”, April 11) urge readers to forget about empire. While he is correct to suggest that imperial nostalgia did little to mobilise the Leave vote last June, he is surely wide of the mark when he argues that Britain’s imperial past is of little significance in the here and now.

As Brexit Britain feverishly tries to rebrand itself as Global Britain we would do well to think seriously about what this new moniker actually means. In today’s political climate more history, not less, should be the clarion call from the FT’s political columnist.