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British Interviews: Representing and Challenging the National Interest

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Abstract

This chapter unravels the positions of British politicians and journalists engaged with Europe. They challenge how other UK politicians and journalists perceive and write about Europe as a threat to the national interest. The interviews serve to reveal to what extent Euroscepticism has become mainstream in politics, journalism and the wider society. The positioning of UKIP was once peripheral, but is now only a part of a more pervasive Euroscepticism. The interviews will explore the trajectory, from protestation tempered by pragmatism, hence keeping the UK in the tent until the moment withdrawal became realisable. The interviewees (from across the political spectrum) rarely talk about Europe but rather take issue with the UK press’s portrayal of it.

Keywords

Vitriol (from the press) and cowardice (government) Shrill coverage Pragmatic European Conviction European 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BedfordshireLutonUK

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