On Brexit, Labour and the Local Elections

13 April 2021 Comment Sources of persuasion

On May 6, the parties face their first significant electoral test since the December 2019 general election. As well as devolved elections in Scotland and Wales (and a parliamentary by-election in Hartlepool), in England there will be a double round of local elections as the contests that were postponed last year because of the pandemic […]


‘The strife is o’er; the battle done?’

4 February 2021 Comment The Brexit Vote: Right or Wrong?

So opens (without the question mark) a hymn widely sung in Christian churches and chapels at Easter. But might it now also be an accurate summary of the state of the debate about Brexit? After all, the UK’s exit from the EU single market and the customs union at the beginning of last month marked […]


Future of Britain: facilitating dialogue on post-Brexit policy during the pandemic

2 February 2021 Comment Future of Britain - Consumer Regulation Future of Britain - Food Policy Future of Britain after EU Referendum

As part of our ongoing research about public attitudes towards post-Brexit policy, NatCen ran a large scale Deliberative Poll in October 2020, bringing together over 200 members of the British public online. Over one weekend, participants debated the future of immigration, food policy and consumer regulation in small groups chaired by neutral moderators. After discussing […]


Future of Britain: bringing participants and moderators online during the pandemic

28 January 2021 Comment Future of Britain - Consumer Regulation Future of Britain - Food Policy Future of Britain after EU Referendum

As part of our ongoing research about public attitudes towards post-Brexit policy, we ran a large scale Deliberative Polling event in October 2020, bringing together over 200 members of the British public online. Over one weekend, participants debated the future of immigration, food policy and consumer regulation in small groups chaired by neutral moderators. After […]


How Discussion Influences Voters’ Attitudes towards Post-Brexit Immigration and Regulation

1 January 2021 Comment Future of Britain - Consumer Regulation Future of Britain - Food Policy Future of Britain after EU Referendum Migration and freedom of movement

Britain has now left the EU single market and Customs Union. That means it is at liberty to exercise the ‘sovereignty’ that many advocates of leaving the EU were keen to reclaim. But how do voters want that ‘sovereignty’ to be exercised? What policies would they like to see enacted in place of the legacy […]


Have The Brexit Talks Delivered What Voters Want?

28 December 2020 Comment What should Brexit mean?

Following the successful conclusion of the negotiations on the UK’s future relationship with the EU on Christmas Eve, the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the institution are now known and, subject to ratification of the deal by Parliament on Wednesday, will be put in place on New Year’s Day. Those on the Leave side […]


The 2019 Election: Success or Failure?

12 December 2020 Comment The Brexit process

It might seem a rather unusual question. How can an election be adjudged a success or a failure? Or at least are we unlikely to discover anything other than the banal conclusion that the winners think it was a success, while the losers prefer to live in hope that they might do better another day? […]


Deal or No Deal? A Difficult Choice

30 November 2020 Comment What should Brexit mean?

After missing deadline after deadline, the EU and the UK have now reached a point where they are going to have to decide in the next week or so what will happen when the Brexit transition period terminates at the end of the year. Is a deal to be struck whereby the UK’s membership of […]