EU Nationals in the UK after BREXIT: Political Engagement through Discursive Awareness, Reflexivity and (In)Action

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The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union has triggered a variety of forms of political engagement among EU nationals living in the UK. Our research, carried out in the North West of England, an area that has received little attention so far, demonstrates that the result of the 2016 Referendum sparked a new awareness of public discourse, has led to the emergence of new political and discursive attitudes and strategies, as well as persuasive reflexivity and incipient activism on the part of EU nationals. This article thus contributes to the existing literature on political engagement by analysing EU nationals’ cognitive, discursive and pro/re-active engagements with Brexit.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Language and Politics
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 15 Jan 2020



  • Brexit
  • referendum
  • UK
  • civic participation
  • EU nationals
  • political engagement

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