Europeanisation of Media Discourse? Brexit Discourses in the Polish Press

Katarzyna Andrejuk

The results of the United Kingdom EU membership referendum in June 2016 have met with great media resonance abroad. The aim of the presentation is to analyse the discourse about Britain's exit from the European Union in the Polish press. Scrutinised will be the diversification of topics and social/political meanings associated with Brexit. The Brexit was mostly analysed from the perspective of Poland's state interests and potential losses and gains on the national (Polish and UK) levels. The most visible topics included the anticipated changes in migration patterns to/from the UK, challenges to freedom of movement of goods and services, meaning of Brexit in the context of political shift to the right wing parties and populist movements. The analysis will encompass the discourses presented in the press titles associated with various sides of the left-right political spectrum. The question will be asked whether the dominant press discourse demonstrated a pro-European approach to the political turmoil, or it was more mixed depending on the political views represented by certain media.

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