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Brexit Means Brexit—or Does It? The Legacy of Theresa May’s Discursive Treatment of Brexit



Year of publication 2019
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Political Quarterly
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Faculty of Social Studies

Keywords Theresa May; Brexit; discourse; legacy
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Description With the looming reality of Brexit drawing closer, it is the intention of this article to explore Theresa May's post-referendum communicative behaviour on Brexit–the very issue that came to define her premiership agenda–and uncover what legacy it has left behind. Building upon, extending and updating the emerging literature on May's discourse, the inquiry helps us understand how May acted through language in order to influence and change other people's attitudes towards and ways of looking at Brexit. The article argues that there are at least seven ways, closely interrelated and feeding into each other, in which her discursive construction of Brexit has left a somewhat bitter legacy, contributing to the Brexit political paralysis and inspiring substantial levels of confusion and exasperation, both within the UK and abroad.
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