DISINFO: Brexit is the greatest US victory in the EU's history
  • Outlet: sputnik.by (archived)*
  • Date of publication: September 05, 2019
  • Outlet language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 165
  • Countries / regions discussed: UK, Poland, US
Brexit European Union US presence in Europe Conspiracy theory

DISINFO: Brexit is the greatest US victory in the EU's history


The UK’s exit from the EU is the greatest victory of the Americans in the whole history of the EU. Britain and Poland are the US’s right and left hands.


This message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about Brexit, EU-US relations and the alleged US actions to weaken the EU. In fact, studies show that Russia had an interest in influencing the discussion on Brexit: over 156,000 Russian-based Twitter accounts had massively tweeted about Brexit in the days leading up the June 2016 referendum. According to the study by data scientists at Swansea University and the University of California, Berkeley, the accounts posted more than 45,000 tweets about Brexit in the 48 hours before the vote. The majority of the posts encouraged Britons to vote for Brexit. The authors believe the posts were seen hundreds of millions of times. Read about the EU's position on Brexit here. See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the US organised Brexit and promoted von der Leyen to weaken the EU.


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