Britain First: The ‘Frontline Resistance’ to the Islamification of Britain

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Abstract

The British National Party and English Defence League forged new frontiers in British political spaces in relation to anti‐Islam, anti‐Muslim ideologies. Whereas the former sought to do so in formal political arenas, the latter did so as a street‐level movement. With the subsequent waning of both, Britain First has emerged seemingly to fill the political void they left. In many ways, Britain First combines the strategies and actions of the parties that preceded it, at both the formal and street levels. This article considers what is known about Britain First, about its history, development and its ideology, and how this is manifested in terms of its political strategies and actions. This includes such activities as standing for European elections and also undertaking ‘Christian patrols’ and mosque ‘invasions’. The article considers how Britain First, while having some similarities with the BNP and EDL, is more confrontational and militaristic and is informed by apocalyptic Christianity.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-361
Number of pages8
JournalThe Political Quarterly
Volume85
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2014

Keywords

  • Britain First, Islamification, Islamophobia, Muslims, far-right, neo-Nazis, British National Party, Islam, English Defence League