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    ‘The brightest and best’, us – and the rest: desirable and undesirable migration in EU referendum leaflets

‘The brightest and best’, us – and the rest: desirable and undesirable migration in EU referendum leaflets

How did the leaflets circulated before the EU referendum talk about migrants? Alexandra Bulat (UCL SSEES) examines the LSE’s collection and finds – on both sides – a distinction between ‘desirable’ and ‘undesirable’ migrants, whether from within or outside the EU. At no point were the views of the migrants themselves heard.

Researchers agree that immigration, alongside economics, were the […]

September 15th, 2017|Campaigns, Featured, Migration|1 Comment|

What does respecting the referendum result mean?

 The Leave campaign – just like Donald Trump’s bid for the presidency – was based on a false prospectus. To respect the referendum result means to accept this as normal, writes Simon Wren-Lewis (Oxford University). It is not. Those who voted for a fall in immigration and more money for the NHS will not get them. That is why it […]

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    Practice makes perfect: how the Leave campaigns dominated Twitter in the EU referendum

Practice makes perfect: how the Leave campaigns dominated Twitter in the EU referendum

Twitter was a crucial campaigning platform ahead of Brexit. Simon Usherwood looks at its use by campaigners and places their efforts in a broader context. He explains that since the 1970s, politicians did not actively promote the benefits of being in the EU, leaving it to eurosceptics to promote their own agenda. This focus meant that in 2016, those […]

The Brexit referendum question was flawed in its design

The Brexit referendum question was flawed in its design by ignoring Kenneth Arrow’s impossibility theorem. Thomas Colignatus explains why.

Theresa May’s government, with support from the UK Parliament, has adopted Brexit as its policy aim and has invoked Article 50. Yet, economic theory assumes rational agents, and even governments might be open for rational reconsideration.

The unsatisfactory referendum question
Based upon voting […]

Acrimonious and divisive: the role the media played in Brexit

Britain’s media is highly partisan, and this was more apparent than ever in the run-up to the EU referendum. In this extract from a report on media coverage of the campaign, Martin Moore (left) and Gordon Ramsay explain how the Leave campaign styled Remain’s warnings about the effects of Brexit as ‘Project Fear’, accusing ‘experts’ arguing for the status quo of self-interest […]

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    Listen to Matthew Goodwin, Simona Guerra, James Ball & Marta Lorimer discuss why Leave won

Listen to Matthew Goodwin, Simona Guerra, James Ball & Marta Lorimer discuss why Leave won

On 27 April, Matthew Goodwin (left) introduced his new book, Brexit: Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union at the LSE’s Wolfson Theatre. Joining the discussion about what drove the Leave vote, Euroscepticism in France and the implications for the general election were Simona Guerra of the University of Leicester, BuzzFeed’s James Ball and Marta Lorimer from the […]

Why Britain voted to Leave (and what Boris Johnson had to do with it)

Some Leavers claim the referendum result was not primarily about immigration, but anxiety about Britain’s perceived loss of sovereignty to the EU. In their new book, Harold D. Clarke, Matthew Goodwin (left) and Paul Whiteley draw on data about more than 150,000 voters to analyse the factors and concerns that led people to vote Leave. The mix of calculations, emotions and cues […]

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    Book Review: Why the UK Voted for Brexit: David Cameron’s Great Miscalculation

Book Review: Why the UK Voted for Brexit: David Cameron’s Great Miscalculation

In Why the UK Voted for Brexit: David Cameron’s Great Miscalculation, Andrew Glencross offers an analysis of ‘Brexit’: the UK referendum vote on 23 June 2016 to leave the European Union. While the pace of developments since the book’s publication make some of its observations inevitably prematurely obsolete, this remains an important and historically sensitive account of this momentous event in the […]

‘Legsit’ is no joke. It’s symptomatic of a reactionary Brexit political culture

The Daily Mail’s ‘Legsit’ headline was defended as ‘only a joke’. Not so, writes Roberta Guerrina: it is symptomatic of a political environment in which women politicians are forced to prove their femininity and forces opposed to progressive politics – like the Mail – are newly emboldened. The Great Repeal Bill gives government the chance to roll back EU […]

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    Brexit, competition and markets: there’s a need to spread the benefits of growth

Brexit, competition and markets: there’s a need to spread the benefits of growth

London and the South-East plus metropolitan and major university towns are markedly more pro-market and pro-competition than much of the rest of the UK. This is reflected in the geographical pattern of Brexit referendum results. In this post, Jon Stern examines the future of competition policies, as well as the perceptions of fairness and legitimacy of pro-market competition and industrial policies […]