If you'll ask me my nationality, I'll say British rather than Scottish because of the legal dimension.
However, I don't really think it's a matter of which I feel 'more' or 'before', they are different types of identity which, essentially, are part of one another. You cannot have Scottishness without Britishness or Britishness without Europeanness, by very definition. Equally I don't think one is more important than the other: I simply wouldn't be myself without both elements.
If you did ask me to rank then, I'd put a lot of other identities before being Scottish or British: my social class, for example, or my county. People who make too big a deal about nationality - particularly those that emphasise one part to the exclusion of others - annoy the living hell out of me.
(Original post by Phugoid)
I really, really don't care what imaginary border I happen to have been born within.
It's really not imaginary though is it? What country someone is brought up in will likely have a good deal of influence on their personality. You would probably be a very different person if you were say, Argentinian, or even if you were from a different country in Europe.
(Original post by L i b)
Why would you be uncomfortable with that, out of idle curiosity? Do you ascribe to any type of English identity?
Of course, if it's just something you don't connect to, then that's a fine reason in itself. I suppose that isn't really something a person can justify.
Because I don't feel England has an identity that is very strong, especially when you compare to Scotland and Wales, particularly Scotland, who seem to have a very strong sense of pride in their country.
Also, people seem to have a lesser opinion of 'English' around the world than of Britain.
And finally, I think the union is quite a good thing, and there's no need to say I'm English just to resent the union or anything, because, as I say, there's nothing about England that gives me identity.
It really pisses me off when people say they hate the English or the Welsh or w/e, when they're from Britain, we should be sticking together and how many people can honestly say they are 100% Welsh/Scottish etc...