Brexit has been a major crisis facing the European integration process. The paper examines how Brexit was framed and exploited by two EU member state governments, Czechia and Hungary. We conceptualize Brexit as a ‘distant crisis’ for these two countries: although it is likely to have significant impacts, these are uncertain and not immediate. Building on the crisis framing literature, we apply frame analysis to examine governmental rhetoric and find that both governments have instrumentalized Brexit for internal purposes by pragmatically adapting their discursive positions on it to fit their political calculus both on domestic and European issues.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Problems of Post-Communism|
|Early online date||3 Jun 2021|
|Publication status||Published - 2023|
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Monika Brusenbauch Meislová’s contribution to the paper was supported by the Czech Science Agency [project 19-10214S]. We would like to thank the editors of the Problems of Post-Communism and the anonymous reviewers for their thoughtful comments on earlier versions of the manuscript. All errors of course remain ours.
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