British unionism

British unionism

British unionism or Unionism is a belief in the continued political union between the constituent countries of the United Kingdom, brought about by the Acts of Union in 1535–1542 (England and Wales), 1707 (England and Scotland) and 1801 (Great Britain and Ireland).

The term 'Loyalist' may be used as a synonym for a British unionist or, in the case of the United Kingdom's external possessions - particularly in the British Empire, someone who is otherwise loyal to the Crown or the British government. In modern times, the term has taken on a somewhat militant connotation in relation to Northern Ireland. [ [ CAIN: Glossary of Terms on Northern Ireland Conflict ] ]

ee also

* Unionism in Ireland
* Unionism in Scotland
* Unionism in England
* Unionism in Wales
* British nationalism
* Conservative and Unionist Party


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