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The road to BrexitA cultural perspective on British attitudes to Europe$
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Ina Habermann

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526145086

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526145093

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The discursive role of Europe in a disunited kingdom

The discursive role of Europe in a disunited kingdom

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The road to Brexit

Klaus Stolz

Manchester University Press

This chapter delineates major historical changes in the role that Europe has played in domestic discourse on the territorial order of the United Kingdom. It is argued that Europe has a uniform effect neither on this discourse nor on the territorial order itself. Instead, the impact of references to Europe is contingent upon both the state of the European project and the historical domestic context at a particular time. The EU and the European integration project have opened windows of opportunity for political actors in Britain to introduce and advocate particular constitutional notions and models. The Brexit process, as the most recent such window, may very well provide an unmissable opportunity for those who want to break up an already highly fragile United Kingdom.

Keywords:   Brexit process, British constitution, British constitutional discourse, Europeanisation, Europe of the Regions, Independence in Europe, Northern Ireland, Scottish nationalism, United Kingdom

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