Storbritannien og EU: Great Britain and the European Union

Asger Pedersen & Peter Sørensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In this paper, we analyse the motives behind David Cameron and the Conservative’s wish for a referendum on the question of continued British membership of the EU. We seek to examine the arguments for the referendum and determine how the referendum can be explained from a political perspective and a historical and cultural perspective. The core of the analysis is the speech delivered by David Cameron on January 23 2013, in which he talks of the Euro-British relations and announces the intentions of having a referendum on the future of British membership of the EU. In the analysis, we also present a series of arguments on the role of British history as a colonial and European power, and how this has helped shape a distinctive British cultural identity. An identity that can be viewed as opposed to the English cultural identity, which is rather defined by the loss of the empire, and the recession of British might and influence. These identities are discussed and their influence on the referendum are considered. The importance of the political arguments and the cultural identity respectively are discussed and a final assessment of their importance is made. Finally we make a conclusion, stating that the political arguments are indeed valid, and have played an important role, but that the historical cultural identities however, are the foundations of the discourse, that influence the political thinking itself. As so, the rationality of the political decisions are determined by the underlying culture.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato21 dec. 2014
VejledereHenrik Jensen


  • EU
  • Kultur
  • Storbritannien
  • Folkeafstemning
  • Identiet