EU Referendum Hub
Stay up to date
We list top sources to keep you up to date on everything related to the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016. To submit any new research or resource to the hub please email our Communications Officer, Stefanie Mair.
- UK in a Changing Europe promotes rigorous, high-quality and independent research into the complex and ever changing relationship between the UK and the European Union (EU). It provides an authoritative, non-partisan and impartial reference point for those looking for information, insights and analysis about UK-EU relations that stands aside from the politics surrounding the debate.
- Read Director Anand Menon's take on the importance of getting young people informed about the Referendum: Don't blame young voters for not bothering about the EU Referendum.
- Facts and emotion matter in the EU debate
- UK’s EU membership: Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats
- Tooling you to make a good EU decision
- Professor Matthew Goodwin (University of Kent) presents a round-up of academic research on the referendum.
- The Hansard Society's Audit of Political Engagement 13: 2016 Report brings you public perceptions on the European Union as well as levels of knowledge and interest in the referendum itself.
- The EU Referendum and the UK Environment blog, funded by the ESRC, provides an expert review of the environmental impact of UK membership of the EU.
- The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) presents Should we stay or should we go?, a study of young people’s attitudes towards and engagement with the EU referendum campaign.
- New ESRC-funded site, Me & EU, gives young voters the key, relevant information required to make an informed decision in the run up to the referendum.
- Global Europe Centre at the University of Kent hosts a UK-EU Referendum Watch blog providing non-partisan coverage of the UK’s referendum on EU membership.
- The Constitution Unit has produced two briefing papers looking at Brexit: The Consequences for the EU’s Political System and Brexit: Its Consequences for Devolution and the Union.
- The Electoral Reform Society in partnership with the Universities of Westminster, Sheffield and Southampton, have produced an online democratic tool to promote a more informed referendum debate. Better Referendum is a free online tool that gives groups of friends, families and communities a platform to talk about issues surrounding the EU referendum.
- The Loughborough University Centre for Research in Communication and Culture provides thorough analysis of the media coverage of the EU Referendum via its EU Referendum Blog.
- The Institute for Policy Research (IPR) at the University of Bath's policy brief, What country, friends, is this?' A guide to the EU Referendum debate, brings together contributions from leading academics to shed light on crucial issues relating to EU membership. The publication examines the public attitudes and political discourse surrounding the referendum, with particular reference to female voters and voters in devolved regions of the UK like Wales and Northern Ireland; policy debates surrounding a potential Brexit, including the likely impacts on national security, the economy and immigration; and the perceptions of other member states, and the possible knock-on effects of an EU without Britain.
- Wiley has compiled a Political Science EU Collection from its range of multi-disciplinary journals. Access the Collection here.
- The Academy of Social Sciences has published a professional briefing on the implications of the EU referendum for UK social science. On Tuesday 14 June the Academy also hosted a lecture from Professor John Curtice entitled A nation at unease with itself? Britain on the eve of the EU referendum, in which the expert cast a clear eye over the polling results to date and laid out the demographic disparities emerging between the Leave and Remain sides. The full report and slides are available to download here.
- The Constitution Unit has teamed up with the UCL European Institute to publish a series of briefing papers and videos on Brexit: Its constitutional consequences for Britain and Europe.
- The Academy of Social Sciences has published recommendations to support UK science in Brexit negotiations.
What Parliament Says
- A House of Commons Library Briefing Paper, summarises how the result will be declared following the referendum on Thursday 23 June 2016.
- The House of Commons' Foreign Affairs Committee has produced a unanimous report, The Implications of the referendum on EU membership for the UK's role in the world, with a view to informing the public before their decision on 23 June 2016. The report encourages voters to consider the long-term consequences of the Referendum decision, regardless of whether the UK stays or leaves.
- The House of Lords EU Committee has published a report stating that if the UK votes to leave the EU, negotiating withdrawal would be a "complex and daunting task". Read the full report here.
- The House of Lords' EU Committee has published a report looking at why the Government thinks a British Bill of Rights is necessary and of what it might contain. The report considers the likely impact of a British Bill of Rights on three areas: human rights litigation in national courts under the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights; the UK’s EU legal obligations and international standing; and on the devolved settlements. A broad range of expert witnesses gave evidence to us, including two former Attorneys General, and our views are informed by that evidence. Read the full report here.
- The House of Commons Library has produced a briefing paper looking at competing arguments about the possible effects of leaving the EU on the UK's permanent membership of the UN Security Council.
- The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has published a report into Northern Ireland and the referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union. The report identifies the potential impact of a Brexit in key areas such as the economy, agriculture and the border with the Republic.
- The Treasury Committee has publishes a report entitled 'The economic and financial costs and benefits of the UK’s EU membership'. The full report is available to download here.
- In the wake of the referendum result, the House of Commons Library has published a research briefing entitled Brexit: How does the Article 50 process work?
Impact on Political Science
The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee has published its report, EU Membership and UK Science which shows the overwhelming balance of opinion valued greatly the UK’s membership of the European Union: "Science is a major component of the UK’s membership of the EU. Nearly one fifth (18.3%) of EU funding to the UK is spent on research and development (R&D). In the period 2007–13, EU Framework Programme 7 funding for science and research in the UK amounted to 3% of the UK’s total expenditure on R&D."
On 30 June 2016 the Academy of Social Sciences is hosting a panel discussion, After the EU Referendum - where next for social science? Professor James Wilsdon FAcSS (Chair); Professor Jane Elliott FAcSS (ESRC); Professor Graeme Reid (UCL), Jon Deer (LSE and EASSH) and Professor Antje Wiener FAcSS (University of Hamburg) will discuss the implications of the EU referendum result from 2pm onwards at 33 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1AG. For more information or to register for this event please see here.
The Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Irish Academy and the Learned Society of Wales have published a joint statement on research and innovation after the EU Referendum. The full statement is available to download here.
PSA Media Experts Directory
The PSA has an extensive list of experts the media can call upon for comment on specific issues relating to the EU Referendum.
To download a copy of the directory please see here.