Euroscepticism and the anglosphere: traditions and dilemmas in contemporary english nationalism

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Abstract

British participation in the historical process of European integration has been persistently framed as a policy dilemma of the highest order. This dilemma was itself coloured by the existence of policy traditions that oriented Britain away from Europe and towards political communities tied to a historical interpretation of British nationality. Euroscepticism is symptomatic of these traditions and dilemmas while at the same time sustaining them. But Eurosceptics face a dilemma of their own. What serious alternative do they propose? The notion of the Anglosphere was adopted on the Eurosceptic right of British politics as an alternative to European integration. As a politics of disengagement by the Cameron government played out in Europe, a policy of re-engagement began with Britain s former Dominions. Here was a response to a political dilemma that not only used historical consciousness and political tradition as its point of departure, but as its place of destination too. (c) 2014 John Wiley Sons Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123 - 139
Number of pages17
JournalJcms-Journal of Common Market Studies
Volume53
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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