A vote about sovereignty or about immigration

Brexit refers to Great Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU). The referendum was held on 23 June 2016, but the actual Brexit agreement wasn’t in place until the end of December 2020.

The whole world was in shock after the vote, because Britain has been in the EU since 1973, and is the first country to formally leave the EU, after 47 years (Mustad, 2020).

The Brexit debate gathered citizens in the UK along two camps: “Remain” and “Leave”. Although there was no direct link between those two camps and the main political parties in the UK, Remain has largely been formed by left-winged voters while the conservatives supported Leave in large numbers.

The Brexit referendum has been extensively discussed in the UK, both before and after the actual vote. Topics such as economy, autonomy, immigration, culture, identity and many others have been part of the debate.

However, many of these topics have been covered in a fairly isolated way in the mainstream media.

Immigration for example has proven to be a prioritized topic in media coverage, especially in the news outlets which have strong ties to the Leave supporters (Horne, 2018).

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