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New publication: "The Brexit learning effect? Brexit negotiations and attitudes towards leaving the EU beyond the UK" by Ann-Kathrin Reinl and Geoffrey Evans

06.07.2021

The article “The Brexit learning effect? Brexit negotiations and attitudes towards leaving the EU beyond the UK” co-authored by Ann-Kathrin Reinl and Geoffrey Evans is just out in Political Research Exchange. Ann-Kathrin and Geoffrey explore how the experience of years of drawn-out negotiations over the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union has shaped how EU citizens think about hypothetical EU membership referenda in their home countries. Drawing on Eurobarometer data and evidence from the European Social Survey, Ann-Kathrin and Geoffrey show that public support for leaving the EU in hypothetical membership referenda declined as UK-EU negotiations carried on. Albeit exploratory, their study suggests that as more information on the actual consequences of leaving the EU emerged, EU citizens adjusted their preferences accordingly and that “it is possible that the Brexit referendum was the starting point of an ongoing learning experience undermining people’s desire to leave the EU”.


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