Brexit, Language Policy and Linguistic Diversity

  • Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost
  • Matteo Bonotti

Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost, Matteo Bonotti
    Pages 27-51
  3. Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost, Matteo Bonotti
    Pages 53-78
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 79-84

About this book


This book argues that Brexit will wholly re-shape the legal framework and public policy norms relating to linguistic diversity that have dominated public life in the UK and the EU since the Treaty on European Union in 1993. First, Brexit de-anchors the linguistic actors engaged with sub-state nationalisms in the UK (in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland) from the ethno-linguistic imaginary of the so-called ‘Europe of the regions’. This strengthens the case both for the de jure recognition of English as the official language of the UK and for embedding autochthonous minority language rights and freedoms in a transformed UK constitution. Second, Brexit strengthens the normative case for English as the lingua franca of the EU, by reducing the injustices associated with the rise of English as the EU and global lingua franca. The book will appeal to students and scholars across the fields of political science, political theory, law, language policy and planning, and sociolinguistics.


Brexit and language policy Brexit and linguistic diversity European Union politics sociolinguistics in Europe ethno-linguistics in Europe minority language rights English language in the EU legal status of language constitutional status of language public policy status of language autochthonous languages in the UK official language of the EU lingua franca of the EU EU language legislation impact of Brexit on language effects of Brexit on language Brexit and language education

Authors and affiliations

  • Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost
    • 1
  • Matteo Bonotti
    • 2
  1. 1.School of WelshCardiff UniversityCardiffUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of Social SciencesMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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