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In this article, I consider Brexit as the expression of a more general ideology – Brexitism – which I explore through commentary upon a series of quotations drawn from speeches, newspapers, propaganda material and social media. This method is appropriate because Brexitism is itself a kind of quotation – a repetition of half-remembered actual and fictional past political gestures – which allude to something deeper. Exploring fragments which illustrate three different elements of Brexitist ideology – Heroism, Time and Distinction – I suggest that these can be read as expressions of an underlying, dynamic and ‘productive’ conceptual field, similar to what Max Weber described as a ‘stand toward the world’. This is the ‘metaphysics of Brexit’ apart from which it cannot be fully understood.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)598-604
Number of pages7
JournalThird Text
Issue number5-6
Early online date3 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


  • Alan Finlayson
  • Brexit
  • Brexitism
  • political ideologies
  • political ideas
  • political rhetoric
  • Weber
  • UKIP
  • Farage
  • Conservatism
  • alt-right

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