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

Kelly, CJ; (2021) Teaching and learning in Brussels: Sinn Féin’s strategic ‘venue shopping’ approach in the European Parliament. The British Journal of Politics and International Relations 10.1177/13691481211062930. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

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.

Type: Article
Title: Teaching and learning in Brussels: Sinn Féin’s strategic ‘venue shopping’ approach in the European Parliament
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/13691481211062930
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F13691481211062930
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Brexit, European integration, European Union, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Sinn Féin, venue shopping
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10140573
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