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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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Fifty years of Unbelonging: a Gibraltarian writer’s personal testimonial on the road to Brexit

Fifty years of Unbelonging: a Gibraltarian writer’s personal testimonial on the road to Brexit

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(p.234) 12 Fifty years of Unbelonging: a Gibraltarian writer’s personal testimonial on the road to Brexit
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The road to Brexit
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M.G. Sanchez

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526145093.00022

In this reflective autobiographical piece, the UK-based Gibraltarian novelist M.G. Sanchez describes a verbal assault he suffered in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, and then goes on to remember other occasions in the past when his British-Gibraltarian identity was similarly impugned. Drawing on his experiences in the UK, Gibraltar and mainland Europe, he suggests that the Brexit mindset existed years and even decades before Brexit itself, its spirit of divisiveness and rebellion fanned all along by the populism of the right-wing press and the nativist prejudices of a large number of Britons. By way of conclusion, Sanchez states that what most surprised him about the Brexit referendum was not that the UK voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, but that almost half of the population voted to remain. His own experiences, he says, had convinced him that the Leave campaign was going to win by an even bigger margin.

Keywords:   Brexit referendum, Gibraltar, Gibraltarian literature, Nativism, Racism, M.G. Sanchez

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