Hard or soft? The politics of Brexit

The British people voted for Brexit for a variety of reasons. A literature is emerging that seeks to explain the outcome using the increasing amount of aggregate and individual data being generated. Less often considered is the impact those factors that shaped the referendum outcome might continue to exert on the debate about the UK’s future relationship with the EU. We argue that they will continue to weigh on political debates. The continued resonance of the Leave message militates against anything but what has come to be known as a ‘hard Brexit’.

Commentary - The economic consequences of leaving the EU

The phony war is over. We enter a crucial final six weeks before the UK’s referendum on EU membership. A decision by the British people to vote to leave will alter the course of both British and European history. While this is fundamentally a political choice, economic consequences are rightly central to the debate. In this issue of the Review we bring together some of our colleagues from the ESRC’s ‘UK in a Changing Europe’ programme, from a variety of disciplines, to examine the implications of this decision.

Video highlights of our "Economics of the UK’s EU membership" event

Watch highlights of the debate between Lord Norman Lamont (former Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1990-93) and Sir Vince Cable (Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, 2010-15) along with interviews on our YouTube channel. This was part of our "Economics of the UK’s EU membership" conference held on 23 February 2016.

Also included in the playlist are 7 interviews with key speakers at the event.