What policy do British voters want on EU immigration? Is there a hidden consensus?

Very few British people know about restrictions on freedom of movement allowed under existing EU regulations. Yet when they learn about the EU’s “three-month rule”, two-thirds (64%) say it would provide “enough control” over EU immigration. And 67% say that they would support the introduction of ID cards if it meant the authorities could enforce restrictions applied in other EU countries. Tessa Buchanan (UCL), Lee de-Wit (University of Cambridge) and Alan Renwick (UCL Constitution Unit) discuss the findings. Continue reading What policy do British voters want on EU immigration? Is there a hidden consensus?

Polling ‘People vs Parliament’: What a new survey says about our constitutional mess

In a piece for politics.co.uk, Christina Pagel and Christabel Cooper analyse new polling data to show a country united in its worries about democracy but apparently divided over which aspects of democracy are in danger. Continue reading Polling ‘People vs Parliament’: What a new survey says about our constitutional mess

A country of purists: the polling which lays bare the death of any compromise on Brexit

In a piece for politics.co.uk, Christina Pagel and Christabel Cooper analyse new polling data to show that a large majority of voters are now Brexit ‘purists’, who support either Remain or No-Deal and won’t have it any other way. And that could mean big trouble for the two main parties. The recent European elections were a disaster for both main parties, with voters defecting en … Continue reading A country of purists: the polling which lays bare the death of any compromise on Brexit

EU elections voting system explained: D’Hondt worry

Christina Pagel gives us a timely and illustrated explainer on the D’Hondt system for the European elections, with tips on how to maximise the impact of your vote. The UK will be taking part in the EU elections next week, and unlike our usual “First past the post” voting system, seats in the EU parliament will be allocated using a form of proportional representation called the … Continue reading EU elections voting system explained: D’Hondt worry