The renegotiations

The Conservative Party’s manifesto for the 2015 General Election promised that a majority Conservative government would renegotiate the terms of Britain’s membership of the EU and put the outcome to a referendum on whether Britain should stay in or leave the EU. Following the party’s success in that election, those renegotiations were formally started in June 2015 and were concluded in February 2016. The changes agreed included: reducing the access of EU migrants to welfare benefits; an ‘opt out’ from the EU objective of ‘ever closer union’; giving national parliaments the ability to block proposed EU legislation; protecting the interests of non-eurozone members; and a commitment to reducing EU regulation of business.

This section features questions that asked people what they thought of the renegotiations and what impact they said it might have on how they planned to vote in the referendum.

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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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