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Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMI)

John Curtice leads seminar on Brexit vote and shift in British voter behaviour

8 November 2017

The Democracy and Elections group of the Cathie Marsh Institute recently hosted John Curtice, who presented a seminar explaining the Brexit vote and whether it signalled a fundamental shift in British voter behaviour and party affiliation.

Traditionally the principal ideological division in British politics has centered on the role of the state in the economy and the principal demographic division has been social class. However, the debate in the EU referendum was primarily about Britain’s relationship with an increasingly globalised world, while the principal demographic divisions were age and education. Thanks to the majority vote to Leave, this referendum debate has continued beyond polling day. Brexit is now the principal item on the agenda of British politics and precipitated an early general election in 2017.  In this talk, John Curtice examined how far Brexit reshaped the ideological and demographic basis of electoral support in that election, and the implications this may have for the future of British party politics.

A video of the presentation can be found in the Democracy and Elections section of the CMI website.

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