Interested in Language
I would like to note that when Americans talk of the UK and note our similarities in language, culture, constitutional and common law, entrepreneurial spirit, etc. and contrast that with "Europe" the intention is to compliment, not insult.
However, I have to admit that I am probably not typical of British people, as I have lived and worked in Central Europe for a total of nearly twenty years. Most of the British people I now know have lived and worked in mainland Europe for some time.