Here’s a look back at the year in history, and some of the people who shaped the world.
The Year in ReviewThe year began on Independence Day, and we are currently living through the longest Independence Day in British history.
It has been celebrated annually since 1807, but it was only in 2010 that the government decided to commemorate the day with a national day.
In a move that was seen as a way of signalling to the world that Britain had achieved independence from the European Union, the UK government also announced a national holiday, marking the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.
However, it also announced the UK would no longer be a member of the European Economic Community, effectively ending its membership in March 2019.
This meant that the UK’s only significant economic relationship with the EU was the free movement of people, and that meant that businesses would have to apply for UK nationality and citizenship in order to start operations in the EU.
A new passport was introduced in 2019, and many businesses decided to relocate abroad as a result.
During the same year, the Brexit referendum resulted in a surge in migration from the UK, with many leaving for the EU or the USA.
Brexit also sparked a new wave of nationalism, which saw a number of groups, such as the UK Independence Party and the UK National Party, gain a foothold in the UK.
Many people in the country were also fed up with the lack of political correctness, which led to the establishment of the “Leave” campaign, a term that was used by the UK Government to describe its Brexit vote.
Since the UK vote, there have been a number other major events, including the centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Paris, and the centenaries of the two major political parties.
We’ve put together a quick list of some of our favourite events in British History, with the year highlighted in bold.