Understanding Brexit: the latest research on the EU referendum

18 months on from the EU referendum, are we any nearer to understanding why people voted the way they did or what factors influenced voting behaviour? Understanding Societyreleased data on political attitudes, engagement with political issues and Brexit voting behaviour to researchers to enable them to do early analysis on the pressing issues surrounding Brexit. The initial findings and working papers will be shared at this discussion event, where a panel of guest commentators will also share their insights on what the EU referendum says about the UK today.

This event will be chaired by Professor Paul Whiteley, Department of Government, University of Essex.


15.30 - 16.00 Registration and refreshments

16.00 - 16.10 Welcome and Introduction - 

Professor Michaela Benzeval, Director Understanding Society

16.10 - 16.20 How can understanding the results of the EU referendum help us to move forward?

Event Chair: Professor Paul Whiteley, Department of Government, University of Essex

16.20 - 17.00 Summary of research findings from Understanding Society (and introduction to research teams)

  • Economic drivers of the EU referendum vote choice
  • The role of diversity and immigration in the context of the EU referendum
  • The role of social, political and cultural identities for attitudes towards Brexit
  • The role of family in the context of the EU referendum
  • Well-being and financial expectations before and after EU referendum

17.00 - 17.30 Experts' comments

Professor John Curtice, University of Strathclyde

Professor Catherine De Vries, University of Essex

Jill Rutter, Institute for Government

17.30 - 18.15 General discussion/ Q & A session

18.15 - 18.25 Implications of the research findings for public and policy debates - closing remarks from the chair

18.25 - 19.00 Drinks reception

Tickets are free. To register, please visit the event's Eventbrite page