Identity and Fear: The radical right's framing of immigration in the Brexit debates
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When Britain voted to leave the EU on June 23rd, 2016, it was a unique event. The historical Brexit vote has been continuously studied, and it continues to be relevant in order to understand some of the political turmoils that exist within Britain, within Europe, and within the world itself. The aim of this thesis is to study the Brexit vote and how it relates to the issue of immigration. It does this by employing the radical right-wing as an actor and examine their public speech discourse to understand how their framing of immigration had an impact on the Brexit vote. Discourse analysis is utilized as the method of choice because it allows for a direct analysis of specific words and utterances in the discourse during Brexit, which in effect says something about the immigration issue. The thesis finds that the radical right combined anti-immigration sentiments with Euroscepticism, and framed immigration using the subframes of fear and identity.