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Mixed feelings: Britain's conflicted attitudes to the EU before the referendum

Mixed feelings: Britain's conflicted attitudes to the EU before the referendum

Sofia Vasilopoulou

07 September 2015

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A new Policy Network paper providing a detailed picture of how Britons think about the EU

Euroscepticism will weigh heavily in the UK’s referendum debate on EU membership, but do we know exactly what we are talking about? Beyond general assertions, it is necessary to understand the sources, patterns and effects of Euroscepticism among the British people. This paper aims to provide a detailed picture of how Britons think about the EU based on an online survey conducted two weeks before the 2015 general election. It shows that there is significant variation in UK support for different EU policies. Beyond economic calculations, emotions also form a key component of people’s attitudes towards the EU.

About the author:
Sofia Vasilopoulou is a lecturer at the Department of Politics at the University of York. Her work examines the theme of political dissatisfaction with democracy and democratic institutions across Europe. Topics include Euroscepticism, the far right, and the EU’s democratic legitimacy. Her work appears in the European Journal of Political Research, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, Government and Opposition, Nations and Nationalism, South European Society and Politics, among others. She is the co-author of The Golden Dawn’s Nationalist Solution: Explaining the Rise of the Far Right in Greece (Palgrave 2015). She has been awarded support from The UK in a Changing Europe Commissioning Fund to run a series of public engagement events on the impact of Euroscepticism on UK national politics.

Launch event:
Policy Network will launch the paper at an event, held jointly with the University of York and The UK in a Changing Europe, in Westminster on 14 September.

Media contact:
Ben Dilks, bdilks@policy-network.net, 020 7340 2207

 

 

 

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