What does the language that we use about Brexit reveal about what is important to Brexiteers? Analysis of the language around the Irish backstop may shed light on positions and preferences.

Brexit has caused new tensions between the United Kingdom and Ireland. The Republic is being blamed for the current impasse in negotiations. The talks may be delicate, but the language used in public is quite the opposite.

Together with my colleague, Cory Massaro, I have conducted an Irish backstop analysis examining media coverage in both the UK and Ireland, and on Brexit Central and the People’s Vote website.

Our question was whether Remain and Leave supporting publications use language differently.

Results have now been published by the Royal Society of Arts, on their website. They build on research presented here.