Rethinking Britain and the European Union: Politicians, the Media and Public Opinion Reconsidered

  title={Rethinking Britain and the European Union: Politicians, the Media and Public Opinion Reconsidered},
  author={Paul Copeland and Nathaniel William Copsey},
  journal={International Trade eJournal},
This article re-examines the role of the media in the UK debate on EU membership. It argues that the embedding of euroscepticism in the UK stems neither from a single phase in the UK-EU relationship, nor from the agency of the UK press or its proprietors. Rather, it resulted from the long-standing absence of any pro-European faction within the British polity was able to argue for, or defend, the European Union within the UK national debate. In explaining this, we expand on the concept of 'issue… 

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