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Eager to leave? Populist radical right parties’ responses to the UK’s Brexit vote

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posted on 26.09.2019, 14:11 by Stijn van Kessel, Nicola ChelottiNicola Chelotti, Helen DrakeHelen Drake, Juan Roch Gonzalez, Patricia Rodi
Populist radical right (PRR) parties are naturally Eurosceptic. Many responded positively to the British referendum vote to leave the European Union; various observers even spoke of a potential PRR-instigated ‘domino effect’. We ask whether this Brexit-enthusiasm prevailed in the proximate aftermath of the UK referendum, by means of a comparative analysis of PRR parties’ national election campaigns in the Netherlands, France, Germany and Italy. The analysis considers whether the UK referendum result served as an external stimulus for PRR parties to harden their Euroscepticism and politicise the issue of European integration. The results show that this has, generally speaking, not been the case, and that Brexit has also not stimulated or amplified calls for leaving the EU. Relating our findings to literature on the politicisation of European integration and strategic party behaviour, we argue that PRR parties had few incentives to act differently given the uninviting political opportunity structure.

Funding

Economic and Social Research Council [grant number ES/R001847/1]

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  • Loughborough University London

Published in

The British Journal of Politics and International Relations

Volume

22

Issue

1

Pages

65-84

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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© The Author(s)

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Acceptance date

20/09/2019

Publication date

2020-01-03

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1369-1481

eISSN

1467-856X

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Helen Drake

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