Before the eighteenth century, there were
different ethnic identities with their own
culture and politics - English, Welsh, Scots,
or Irish. As the English nation’s wealth and
power increased, its influence over other
island nations also increased.
English Parliament had taken the power
from the monarchy in 1688. It became
instrumental in building the nation state of
Britain, with England at its centre.
The United Kingdom of Britain was established
through the Act of Union in 1707 between
England and Scotland. Scotland eventually
got suppressed by the English politically and
Britain has a strange case when it comes to freedom
or nationalist struggle because when Britain converted
into a nation state, the only dominant group were
English-speaking and the other two were minorities.