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The 2021 elections in review

11 June 2021

Sir John Curtice, Ian Montagu, and Claire Elliott take a look at what the outcome of the elections that took place across Britain on 6 May can tell us about the continuing influence of Brexit on the political landscape in the UK. They examine the breakdown of the vote across England, Scotland, and Wales, discuss […]


It is not over yet – Brexit and the May 6 Elections.

18 May 2021

Brexit may be done, but it continues to shape the pattern of voting behaviour in England. That was a clear message from the results of the double round of local and mayoral elections held on May 6. It should not have come as a surprise. As we wrote before the elections, during the last twelve […]


On Brexit, Labour and the Local Elections

13 April 2021

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

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

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

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 […]


Are voters happy with the Brexit deal?

8 January 2021

Sir John Curtice, Ian Montagu, and Claire Elliott look at how the Brexit deal reached between the UK and the EU stacks up against public expectations, and whether Remain voters or Leave supporters might be happier with the result. They also examine Labour’s stance on the agreement and what this might mean for their future […]



Have The Brexit Talks Delivered What Voters Want?

28 December 2020

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

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? […]


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