Quotation Wenzl, Nora. 2019. 'This is about the kind of Britain we are': national identities as constructed in parliamentary debates about EU membership. In: Discourses of Brexit, Hrsg. Koller, Veronika; Kopf, Susanne; Miglbauer, Marlene, 32-48. London: Routledge.


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This chapter investigates a corpus of contributions by Conservative MPs in parliamentary debates on EU membership (May 2015 to June 2016). It specifically focuses on narratives about ‘Britishness’ in discussions about the economic and legal consequences of membership. This pronoun ‘we’ was employed by Conservatives on both sides of the debate to construct different in-groups and visions of the UK in Europe. Conceptions of the EU varied between Remain and Leave, while the representations of British identity showed similarities. The findings suggest that Remain MPs undermined their arguments with latent Euroscepticism.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title 'This is about the kind of Britain we are': national identities as constructed in parliamentary debates about EU membership
Title of whole publication Discourses of Brexit
Editor Koller, Veronika; Kopf, Susanne; Miglbauer, Marlene
Page from 32
Page to 48
Location London
Publisher Routledge
Year 2019
URL https://www.routledge.com/Discourses-of-Brexit/Koller-Kopf-Miglbauer/p/book/9781138485556
ISBN 978-113-848-555-6
Open Access N

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Institute for English Business Communication (Köster) (Details)
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