Indifference or hostility? Anti-Scottishness in a post-Brexit England

Murray Stewart Leith, Duncan Sim*

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The UK's decision to leave the EU was partly influenced by a desire to reduce immigration. This followed a period of increased Euroscepticism, and an ‘othering’ of those of a different background, nationality or religion, and ultimately the EU itself. Post-Brexit, this has been linked to a rise in hate crime in England, and the referendum decision has been characterised as an expression of a strengthened English identity. Hostility towards those perceived as ‘foreigners’ or ‘others’ seems also to have affected people from the other nations within the British Isles, with speculation that Brexit might lead to the break-up of the UK. Here, we focus on Scots living or who have lived in England and, while their experiences are mixed, it appears that some hostility towards Scots (and indifference to Scotland) has grown. We speculate that this and additional political tensions may, eventually, bring about the end of the union.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIdentities: Global Studies in Culture and Power
Early online date17 Apr 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Apr 2022


  • Brexit
  • immigration
  • racism
  • nationalism
  • National identity
  • Scots


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