Thank you, Kevin for your insight!
I`ve read an article from the Times which says that "nobody from Newport (England) had a problem with Britishness. In Newport (Wales) some of the Welsh felt British, though others prefer to call themselves European. But it was in Newport-on-Tay (Scotland), that we found the greatest reluctance to be British."
Is the word British used now or is it replaced by the word European? Do you call yourselves Europeans? Or rather not?
The thing is that when I was in England at Surrey University in November 2007 our professor, an Englishman, when answering my question whether I should say "English" emphasised that I should say British. So according to him the word British still exists.
^ Technically you should say British. On a passport you're meant to give your country of birth as United Kingdom, and your nationality as British. Most Scots and Welsh would say they are Scottish or Welsh. There seems to be a growing number of people in England who give their nationality as English, rather than British. As a Brit living abroad I generally say I'm English rather than British. Most people outside of the UK don't really understand the difference between Great Britain, United Kingdom, and The British Isles. In fact most Danes seem to think that Ireland is part of Great Britain. Fair enough, it took me a while to work out the difference between Scandinavia and 'Nordic Countries'.
On the possible dissolution of the UK, I can't see it happening any time soon. The Scots want out, and have done for as far back as I remember. I'm not sure how I would feel about them splitting from GB as I'm partly Scottish myself (born and bred in England). I don't honestly think the Welsh would do very well on their own; we'd certainly benefit from them splitting. We could easily leave N. Ireland to their own devices - no great loss - but a majority of them want to stay part of the UK.
I think England would come out of a split in pretty healthy condition, and I too favour some kind of slimmed down Monarchy. It is, and has always been great PR for the country, and a massive money spinner tourism wise.