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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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I think on the contrary. They united back in the day that religion was important. The Flemish were predominantly Catholic whereas the Dutch were predominantly protestant (with some pockets and exclaves of exceptions), so the Flemish ceded from the Netherlands and ended up attaching themselves to French-speaking Wallonia because those guys were Catholic too, but otherwise they had little in common.

Today nobody cares about religion any more, but language has become a big divider. Which is why many Flemish want to go back.
I thought the shape of Belgium was basically set by the London Conference of 1830 followed by pressure from Britain and France to finalise the situation.
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