How Brexiteers appealed to voters’ nostalgia. Most referendums ask voters whether they want to join a political project.
Britain’s EU referendum did the opposite. Elliott Green argues the campaigning was suffused by appeals to nostalgia and to a past in which Britain “took control”. He identifies four groups of voters to whom this message appealed: imperialist nostalgists; racists; non-racist and non-imperialist nationalists; older voters. A Generation Apart: Were younger people left behind by the EU referendum? - CoVi – Common Vision UK. It was one of the big stories to emerge in the wake of the EU referendum result: the gulf between how younger and older people voted.
This report, A Generation Apart: Were young people left behind by the EU referendum? Takes an in-depth look into youth participation in the European referendum and the drivers behind the attitudes of the “millennials”, or younger people between 18 and 35. Download the full report here. The report draws on post-referendum polling conducted with Opinium Research, which finds that 73% of under 25s and 59% of 25-34 year old voters opted to Remain in the EU. This preference is reflected in wider social attitudes and identities. Through primary analysis of over 4,000 online news headlines the report finds that the issues that matter to younger people – such as public services, housing and jobs – were barely covered by the public debate.
The growing crisis that is low voter turnout among Generation Y in elections requires innovative solutions. It is easy to despair of our leaders, but Brexit has exposed Britain’s rotten core. David Cameron has had a good week.
Never mind that he took a gamble with the UK’s future, lost his bet and then opted to retire from what seem likely to be protracted and unpleasant consequences; in media terms he has been able more or less to recede from view. Instead, the spotlight has been on other individuals: on the delicious backstabbing among competing Conservatives, on the struggles between the Corbynistas and their opponents and on Chilcot’s weighty verdict on the failings of an earlier prime minister, Tony Blair.
But what if the essence of our present problems is more than a matter of individuals? It is unlikely to be an accident, for instance, that Blair and Cameron, skilful political players both, each came to grief over matters to do with foreign affairs. This is a sector of government where traditionally prime ministers are given a great deal of leeway. How remain failed: the inside story of a doomed campaign.
On Friday 10 June, five men charged with keeping Britain in the European Union gathered in a tiny, windowless office and stared into the abyss.
Just moments before, they had received an email from Andrew Cooper, a former Downing Street strategist and pollster for the official remain campaign, containing the daily “tracker” – the barometer of support among target segments of the electorate. It had dropped into the defeat zone. The cause was not mysterious. “Immigration was snuffing out our opportunity to talk about the economy,” Will Straw, the executive director of Britain Stronger In Europe, recalled. Let down and left out: Young voters and the EU referendum.
The UK’s EU referendum 2016 explained. Constitution Unit analysis on consequences of Brexit. The EU Referendum – Announced! There will undoubtedly be huge amounts of coverage regarding the EU referendum now it has been announced and students should be able to see the importance and relevance of this, both nationally and in terms of their course.
However following the announcement last Saturday, there are a few keys points for students to apply this to their course: 1. Sovereignty – “It is recognised that the United Kingdom… is not committed to further political integration into the European Union.” This was the deal that Cameron got on this issue and while no further integration is a start for many Tories it is not enough! Great stuff for Unit 2 Parties. 2. 3. 4. 5. Like this: Like Loading... The UK's EU referendum: Everything you need to know. All you need to know about the EU Ref.
The EU Referendum – an overview A very useful and concise read covering what the referendum seeks to do, what Cameron (who doesn’t really want a ref) is seeking from his current negotiations with other EU leaders, and some evaluation and further links into the two sides that are now getting more vocal in what is bound to be a huge issue going forward.
For the course this is a winner on many levels: Pressure Groups (they’re off already!) , Political Parties (it isn’t just the Tories who are divided), Prime Minister & Cabinet (so we have a leader who doesn’t want it – but is offering it and has allowed a free vote to his ministers in an attempt to limit party & cabinet divisions. … What’s the government’s working majority again?!) , Parliament (if this doesn’t occupy more of its time then I don’t know what will). Q&A: What Britain wants from Europe - BBC News. David Cameron says he has a mandate to pursue EU reform following the Conservatives' general election victory.
The PM, who will be hoping his majority government will give him extra leverage in Brussels, wants to renegotiate the terms of the UK's membership ahead of a referendum by the end of 2017. He has said he will campaign for Britain to remain in the EU if he gets the reforms he wants. Read more: What we know so far about UK's in-out referendum What is Britain looking for? Mr Cameron has said he does not want to reveal full details of his negotiating hand but he has given a broad indication, in a series of speeches and newspaper articles, of his priorities when he goes into talks with other EU leaders. These are: What else does Mr Cameron want?
The prime minister has said Britain would resist any move towards a European Army and that he wants to free British police forces from EU interference. David Cameron set to go to referendum without EU ratifying treaty changes. EU referendum: 'Significant' changes to rules for vote - BBC News. Image copyright Thinkstock Rules on campaigning in the UK's in-out EU referendum are to face "significant" changes, the government is to announce.
The changes will focus on rules which stop ministers using public money and making announcements to campaign for one side from 28 days before a vote. The government had wanted to suspend these laws so ministers could continue to discuss European matters in public. But the government is expected to keep the restrictions with "exceptions" after pressure from Eurosceptic MPs. Eurosceptic MPs have argued that by relaxing the so-called purdah rules, the pro-EU camp could potentially benefit from the "machinery of government". The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 sets out a 28-day period ahead of any referendum, during which ministers, government departments and local authorities are banned from publishing material relating to the issue in question. 'Shadow of doubt' Image copyright PA 'Seen to be fair' "It has got to be fair.
EU referendum: Facts on the UK's planned in-out vote - BBC News.