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The referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the EU was a radical event. Only the third UK-wide referendum, more people voted in it than in most general elections, whilst the campaigns cut across the views and membership of established political parties. But the campaigns have also been accused of misleading the public, and of being the wrong way to influence important decisions.
This interactive explores the different opinions of both experts and of other learners. We’ll look at how confident you are in what the EU is, why both Remain and Leave supporters might be unsure about their beliefs, and how different perspectives might link to different understandings of Britain’s history and economy. We’ll also consider how useful the ideas of ‘Metropolitan Liberal Elite’ and ‘the Left Behind’ are for understanding the vote, and whether Brexit signals the start of a new anti-establishment politics.
This interactive does not ask you to say whether you support leaving or remaining in the EU.
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GoogleTrends: "What is the EU?" - https://trends.google.co.uk/trends/?geo=GB
Newspaper Memories of 1973 - photographed by Paul Townsend containing various images including newspaper front pages
WWII Britain - Copyright: Hulton Deutsch/Corbis Historical via Getty Images
Map of United Kingdom - Copyright: Tomas Griger via Dreamstime
The Financial Implications of A Brexit - Copyright: Matt Cardy/Stringer via Getty Images
Brexit Battle bus - Copyright: Jack Taylor/Stringer via Getty Images
‘Let’s give £350 million a week to our NHS’ poster - http://www.voteleavetakecontrol.org/
Anti-Brexit Bus Tours The UK - Copyright: Jack Taylor/Stringer via Getty Images
‘Leaving the EU could mean your shopping costs £220 more’ poster- Centre for Economics and Business Research https://cebr.com/
‘For every £1 we put into the EU, we get almost £10 back’ photograph of poster Britain Stronger in Europe: Can Pac Swire
Breaking Point - Copyright: UKIP
European Union flag in front of Big Ben - Copyright: Vienybe via Dreamstime
Union flag illustration - Adrian Murphy Flickr https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/ acediscovery
Burning: Student protests - Parliament Square - Bob Bobin Flickr https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/