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Chatham House Primer: The Vote for Brexit

Chatham House, London


Professor Matthew Goodwin, Senior Fellow, Europe Programme Chatham House; Co-Author, Brexit: Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union 


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In June 2016, the UK public voted to leave the European Union. This historic vote marked the culmination of trends in domestic politics and in the UK's relationship with the EU that have been building over many years.

Drawing on a wealth of survey evidence collected over more than a decade, Matthew Goodwin, co-author of Brexit: Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union will explain why a majority of British voters decided to ignore much of the national and international community and vote for Brexit. 

The talk will cover:

  • 52/48 - The dynamics behind the final result
  • Public sentiment towards the Remain and Leave campaigns
  • How increased voter turnout would have affected the result
  • The factors that have shaped Euroscepticism over the past ten years
  • The drivers of the ‘Leave vote’ in June 2016
  • What kind of Brexit deal could satisfy the majority of Leave voters
  • Broader trends in Europe concerning anti-EU and anti-immigration sentiment

About Chatham House Primers
The Chatham House Primer Series is a unique programme of talks designed to bridge the gap between introductory level subject knowledge and a more advanced understanding geared towards practical application, higher-level discussion and policy debate. 

With each talk hosted by a leading expert, the Primer series aims to provide the audience with a solid grounding in topics of academic curiosity, key international affairs concepts and the issues behind the news. 

This event will be followed by a reception open to all attendees.

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