The Brexit Process

The negotiations between Britain and the EU are certainly expected to be complex and could potentially prove contentious. It can be anticipated that there will be debates about how well institutions, such as the UK government, or individuals, such as the President of the European Council, are handling the process, as well as about the merits of the process itself.

This section covers voters’ evaluations of how the UK’s exit from the EU is being handled, their perceptions of those participating in the process, and whether they would like to see it handled differently.

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Was the 2019 General Election a success?

12 December 2020

The election held on December 12th 2019 was one of the most important in British history. It was precipitated when the Liberal Democrats and the SNP agreed to support the Conservative government’s call for a general election that was intended to end a parliamentary stalemate over whether and how Brexit should proceed. The outcome – […]

Has Brexit gone off the boil? Or are the embers of Brexit still glowing?

10 November 2020

Following the Conservatives’ success in winning the December 2019 general election, the UK left the European Union at the end of January 2020. The country is now scheduled to exit the single market and the customs union at the end of this year, by which point it is intended that an agreement will have been […]

Public Attitudes towards a No Deal Brexit

4 September 2019

The arrival of Boris Johnson in Downing St has resulted in a marked change of tone in the debate about Brexit. The new administration has signalled that, if it is unable to secure a new Brexit deal by the scheduled date for the UK’s departure of 31 October, it will leave the EU without a […]

Do Voters Still Want To Leave The EU? How They View The Brexit Process Two Years On

5 September 2018

The negotiations between the UK and the EU are due to reach a conclusion this autumn. But how have voters reacted to the Brexit process so far and what impact has that reaction had on support for leaving the EU? This paper reports on the latest findings of a two-year multiwave study of public attitudes […]

Just 15 Months To Go: What Scotland Is Making of Brexit

9 January 2018

The debate about Brexit has a particular resonance north of the border. Unlike England and Wales, where a majority voted to leave the EU, Scotland voted – by 62% to 38% – in favour of remaining in the EU. This report examines whether voters […]

Has Brexit Reshaped British Politics?

18 December 2017

Despite the apparent ambiguity of the stances on Brexit adopted by the Conservatives and Labour, this report by John Curtice shows that voters’ views about Brexit did influence how people voted in the 2017 election – with implications for the values that were reflected in how people voted.

Half-Time in the Brexit Negotiations: The Voters’ Scorecard

6 December 2017

The UK public, including those who voted Leave in the EU referendum, have become more critical of the way the negotiations are being handled and more pessimistic about what the consequences of Brexit will be.

Does Scotland want a different kind of Brexit?

30 March 2017

What kind of Brexit would voters in Scotland actually like to see? This new report by John Curtice provides the first in-depth examination of attitudes in Scotland towards a number of the issues that will have to be settled during the Brexit negotiations.

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