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How Brexit was made in England

Henderson, Ailsa, Jeffery, Charlie, Wincott, Dan ORCID: and Wyn Jones, Richard ORCID: 2017. How Brexit was made in England. British Journal of Politics and International Relations 19 (4) , pp. 631-646. 10.1177/1369148117730542

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The Leave majority recorded in England was decisive in determining the UK-wide referendum result. Brexit was made in England. We take this as a prompt to challenge the conventional Anglo- British mindset that animates most studies of ‘British politics’ and has shaped public attitudes research on the United Kingdom. We explore the persistence of distinctive Eurosceptic views in England and their relationship to English national identity prior to the referendum. We then model referendum vote choice using data from the Future of England Survey. Our analysis shows that immigration concerns played a major role in the Brexit referendum, alongside a general willingness to take risks, right-wing views, older age, and English national identity. Therefore, Brexit was not just made in England, but Englishness was also a significant driver of the choice for Leave.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Law & Politics
Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1369-1481
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 2 October 2017
Date of Acceptance: 18 August 2017
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 05:24

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