|Author (Person)||Hobolt, Sara B.|
|Series Title||Journal of European Public Policy|
|Series Details||Vol.23, No.9, October 2016, p1259-1277|
|Publication Date||October 2016|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
The outcome of the British referendum on European Union (EU) membership sent shockwaves through Europe. While Britain is an outlier when it comes to the strength of Euroscepticism, the anti-immigration and anti-establishment sentiments that produced the referendum outcome are gaining strength across Europe.
Analysing campaign and survey data, this article shows that the divide between winners and losers of globalization was a key driver of the vote. Favouring British EU exit, or ‘Brexit’, was particularly common among less-educated, poorer and older voters, and those who expressed concerns about immigration and multi-culturalism. While there is no evidence of a short-term contagion effect with similar membership referendums in other countries, the Brexit vote nonetheless poses a serious challenge to the political establishment across Europe.
|Countries / Regions||Europe, United Kingdom|