Chris Laidlaw, a fairly left-wing republican (That guy from Radio National*. He played rugby once. Then got a Rhodes scholarship. And played rugby with Bill Clinton) and someone I probably disagree with a bit, put it like this in his 1999 book Rights of Passage:
"This prescription [republicanism] may sound anti-British. It isn't really. There is much about the British element of our origins that gives us strength. Our ancestors were adventurers in the sense that they broke with the old world and struck out for something better in the new. But because we have yet to fully understand what the new can do for us, we are fearful of casting off the old, even a century and a half later."So, here's another republican who isn't anti-British, yet is left-wing and fairly intellectual. I can find plenty of other quotes (Jim Bolger springs to mind - that covers the conservative corner) where republicans have stated explicitly that their views are not anti-British.
*Isn't that a stupid name?