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    Teaching and learning in Brussels: Sinn Féin’s strategic ‘venue shopping’ approach in the European Parliament

    Kelly, Conor J. (2023) Teaching and learning in Brussels: Sinn Féin’s strategic ‘venue shopping’ approach in the European Parliament. British Journal of Politics and International Relations 25 (1), pp. 139-155. ISSN 1369-1481.

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    Sinn Féin was once staunchly Eurosceptic and has periodically campaigned against the ratification of European Union treaties in Ireland. Since the early 2000s, however, they have rejected the Eurosceptic label and self-described as ‘critically engaged’ with the European Union. This article explores how Sinn Féin have used their membership of the European Parliament and the European United Left/Nordic Green Left parliamentary group since their first Members of the European Parliament were elected in 2004, with a particular focus on the acrimonious post–Brexit referendum period. The article argues that the European Union forum is seen in terms of its utility by Sinn Féin, as a venue to teach and learn from their colleagues on their particular understanding of Irish history, nationalism and party strategy. It concludes by arguing that, in a process beginning before Brexit, the opportunities the European Union platform affords Sinn Féin have led to the adaptation of a particularly novel engagement strategy with European institutions.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Brexit, European integration, European Union, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Sinn Féin, venue shopping
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Conor KELLY
    Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2021 14:03
    Last Modified: 07 Dec 2023 01:10


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