Brexit, Nationalism and the European Union

Across Europe nationalist and far-right parties have made recently made significant electoral gains. Some have taken office, others have become the main opposition voice, and even those yet to gain a political foothold have forced adaptation by centerist leaders. This backlash, in part, can be attributed to the financial and migrant crisis, but the wave of discontent also taps into long-standing fears about globalisation and a dilution of national identity. Although platform diversity is found when examining each country's party for nationalism, some common themes include hostility to immigration, anti-Islamic rhetoric, and Euroscepticism. This not only poses a threat to a vast majority of minority groups, but also to the entire European Union. You, as a delegate, must assess how this resurgence of ideology has affected the European landscape, contributed to Brexit, and what this may mean for the future of not just the European Union, but the cohesiveness of the European continent.

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