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Britain is the home of the term Euroscepticism. Coined in this country in the mid-1980s, the word has since been widely used in the media and has been adopted by many individuals and organisations, in as well as outside Britain. This article first deals with the ‘when’, ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘why’ of British Euroscepticism. After locating the phenomenon in time and place, its characteristics are examined in greater depth. It is argued that British Euroscepticism is in part the product of British ‘differentness’ as manifested in the electoral and party political system, the condition of the press and a tradition of regarding the country and people as distinct from Europe and the Europeans.


Party Politics, National Identity and European Integration