The Europeans may be our brethren, but the Anglosphere are our kin

21 Jan

Despite being a passionate Leaver, I have a confession to make: for me, Brexit is not really about Britain. This assertion does not always make me very popular among Brexiteer circles, but it lies at the very heart of my belief that it is essential for Britain to leave the European Union. Naturally I do […]

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Splendid isolation (again): Europe as narrated during the referendum campaign

16 Oct

Marzia Maccaferri (Goldsmiths, University of London) looks at how the press covered the referendum campaign and in the process revived notions of the ‘Anglosphere’ and British exceptionalism. Historically, British public opinion has always turned to the newspapers at times of national significance, and the Brexit vote confirms this tendency. The traditional press, bolstered by online media, remains the principal indicator […]

How the British conception of sovereignty makes EU membership untenable

27 Sep

Although discord over Brexit is the most notorious dispute to emerge between the UK and the EU, it is not the first. The state’s default condition to be the supreme power over its affairs, internally and externally, has been transfigured by the inception of supranational organisations such as the EU. States are no longer able […]

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