Can we improve the quality of the referendum debate?

The Treasury Select Committee has said that the EU referendum debate ‘is being poorly served by inconsistent, unqualified and, in some cases, misleading claims and counter-claims’. Alan Renwick, Deputy Director of the UCL Constitution Unit, asks whether there is anything that can be done about this. He identifies a number of possible mechanisms for identifying falsehoods and enforcing truthfulness, but warns that there is a … Continue reading Can we improve the quality of the referendum debate?

The high stakes of the EU referendum

Four weeks ago, the UCL European Institute launched the Brexit Divisions project – comprising two guest edited weeks with openDemocracy and two public debates – to explore the strategies and stakes of the upcoming EU referendum. Looking back, Uta Staiger, Deputy Director of the UCL European Institute, explains what we’ve learned. There’s a referendum coming. And as the director of British Future Sunder Katwala has … Continue reading The high stakes of the EU referendum

Fighting the EU referendum online: strategies, frames and successes

Simon Usherwood, Senior Fellow of UK in a Changing Europe, and Katharine Wright, Research Fellow of UK in a Changing Europe, argue that social media campaigning will be crucial to the outcome of the Brexit referendum. New research shows us what in and out groups are saying online. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s first guest editor week on openDemocracy. As in all aspects of modern … Continue reading Fighting the EU referendum online: strategies, frames and successes

Why Britain will choose the safer option and Vote Leave

Matthew Elliott, Chief Executive of Vote Leave, argues that the need for ‘one size fits all’ regulations to cover all of Europe makes it impossible for the EU to pursue the best interests of all its members. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s first guest editor week on openDemocracy.  In less than four months’ time, the British people will make the most historic political decision of … Continue reading Why Britain will choose the safer option and Vote Leave

Six paradoxes of the Brexit debate

The ‘Brexit’ debate has taken off in the UK in the ten days since David Cameron got his new deal at February’s European Council summit, with daily media coverage and social media from both sides swinging into gear. How the debate, and the polls, will evolve over the coming four months is unclear but, Kirsty Hughes explains, so far various paradoxes are emerging. 1. Mainly … Continue reading Six paradoxes of the Brexit debate