ISSUE: 3/2018

  • Volume 22
  • Number 3
  • 2018


Studia Europejskie –
Studies in European Affairs

ISSN: 1428-149X
e-ISSN: 2719-3780

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Brytyjskie wybory do Izby Gmin w 2017 roku wobec procesu wyjścia Zjednoczonego Królestwa z Unii Europejskiej

The 2017 United Kingdom General Election Towards the Process of Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union


The aim of the article is to analyze the 2017 United Kingdom general election, that took place in June 2017, in the context of Brexit, as the process of impending withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) is customarily called. The author aimed to verify the hypothesis, frequently proclaimed especially at the beginning of the campaign, that the Brexit was the main issue of this election. This verification was carried out through various analysis of the behavior of political actors (manifestos, campaign activities, statements in social media, etc.), but also social expectations (what citizens consider, according to declarations, as important, what motivated them when making choice, especially in the case of people who had changed their party preferences). The basic conclusion is that the campaign before the 2017 election brought very little to the Brexit debate, and political actors, contrary to the original announcements, dealt with the problem superficially. On the other hand, the political landscape, especially the voters’ decisions, are strongly determined by the division revealed by the referendum and its consequences. It is debatable whether this division is deeper, and the Brexit referendum was just one of its manifestations. Formulating specific propositions about Brexit was not the goal of the campaign of the two main parties, but only the instrument justifying the decision about snap election and serving to communicate and strengthen the basic slogans of the campaign – strong leadership for difficult times or return to a policy of redistribution and solidarity. An effective instrument, taking into account the fact that the dominance of the two main parties in the election has been the largest in nearly 50 years.


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Language: Polish

Pages: 51-74

How to Cite:


Czapiewski, T. (2018) "Brytyjskie wybory do Izby Gmin w 2017 roku wobec procesu wyjścia Zjednoczonego Królestwa z Unii Europejskiej". Studia Europejskie – Studies in European Affairs, 3/2018, pp. 51-74.