I wasn't getting hot under the collar RT, just asking (a little sarcastically, I'll admit) for you to clarify!
OK, let's go through it. The American colonies - no argument, but realistically that was right at the start of British Imperial expansion so can be discounted from the point.
Now the rest of it is to some degree open to debate, but one thing that came to light relatively recently (in a book, and I can't remember what it was called or I'd gladly offer you a link) was that the civil service were putting together a proposal for the dissolution of the empire in the 1890's. In other words at what could be called the height of empire. This proposal actually outlined the process by which it would occur, and in the event was latterly adopted as a blueprint by successive governments and proved to be reasonably accurate. It's fascinating to learn that plans were in place that early on.
It is certainly true that by the 1930's it had become apparent that the empire was unwieldy and a serious drain on British resources. Of course, the war did much to accelerate that. Nevertheless, the process of dismantling the empire was already well under way, with dominion status (i.e. self-rule) being granted to Canada and Australia in the 19th and very early 20th centuries. As for India, it was accepted that independence was inevitable and desirable, the issue was the timetable. Understandably, with hindsight, the British were reluctant to proceed with independence whilst a war was still being fought in Burma, and the period after the war was a time when the system of independence was being decided.
In Africa the land-grab of the 19th century was reversed as soon as it was practicable to do so, which in reality meant the 1960's.
In all this, the British were not kicked out of any country - in the manner of, say, France - and independence was in fact effectively forced on some countries that were less than keen.
I wouldn't dream of proclaiming that all was sweetness and light, there were alays problems, but nevertheless, the dismantling of the British Empire was largely at the instigation of the British themselves and generally withdrawal was with honour.
See what I mean, now? By all means disagree with me, I'd be interested to know your thoughts.
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.