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Are Voters Changing Their Minds About Brexit?

31 January 2018

The Brexit negotiations are about to enter a critical phase. Between now and October the UK government and the EU have to agree an outline of what their relationship will be once the transition/implementation phase ends in December 2020. In the UK, that agreement will need to secure the approval of a House of Commons […]


Time For Some Rethinking in Scotland’s Brexit Debate?

9 January 2018

Brexit has added some new twists to the debate about Scotland’s constitutional status. The most obvious of these is that it led the Scottish Parliament in March 2017 to request the authority needed to hold another independence referendum, only for the First Minister to put the idea back on hold in June after losing 21 […]


Has Brexit Reshaped British Politics?

18 December 2017

Despite the apparent ambiguity in the stances on Brexit adopted by the Conservatives and Labour during the EU referendum, it appears that voters’ views about Brexit did influence how people voted in the 2017 election. This had implications for the values that were reflected in how people voted.


Live Together, Vote Together? Comparing Within Household Voting in the EU Referendum and in the 2015 General Election

8 December 2017

Voting patterns are usually analysed using survey data obtained by interviewing individual respondents. Relatively little attention has been paid to the role that within-household relationships have on how people vote. However, the Understanding Society survey undertaken by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex interviews all members of the households […]



Has There Been A Swing Against Brexit?

18 October 2017

Something of a flutter was created last week by the latest reading on attitudes towards Brexit from YouGov for The Times. Ever since the EU referendum last year, the company has regularly been asking its respondents, ‘In hindsight, do you think Britain was right or wrong to vote to leave the European Union?’. In the […]


Has the Election Seen a Change in Attitudes towards Brexit?

7 July 2017

Far from securing the landslide that she felt would strengthen her hand in the Brexit negotiations, the general election saw Theresa May’s majority disappear entirely. This has inevitably led some to claim that the outcome represents a rejection of her vision of a ‘hard’ Brexit, and thus is indicative of a change of public mood. […]


Did the EU Referendum Bring a Different Kind of Voter to the Polls?

28 June 2017

It has been a long time a-coming, but the publication today of the latest British Social Attitudes report means that a significant and unique source of evidence on who did and who did not vote in the EU referendum has now finally been unveiled. Turnout was relatively high in the EU referendum. At 72%, it […]


A Brexit Election After All?

7 June 2017

This was meant to be the Brexit election. In calling tomorrow’s ballot the Prime Minister indicated that she was seeking to strengthen her hand in the Brexit negotiations by securing a significantly larger majority than her party had in the last parliament, thereby providing her with some insulation against the risk that the House of […]


Has Labour’s Rise Anything to do with Brexit?

18 May 2017

Until now, at least, it has not received a great deal of attention, but quietly Labour’s position in the opinion polls has strengthened during the course of the election campaign so far. In seven polls conducted in the three days immediately following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 18 April that she wished to hold an […]


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