The view from the continent: what people in other member states think about the UK’s EU referendum

This project focuses on public attitudes across different EU member states regarding the upcoming referendum in the UK about its membership of the European Union.

The team carrying out the research comprises Dr Jan Eichhorn and Dr Daniel Kenealy, both from the University of Edinburgh School of Social and Political Science, as well as Christine Hübner from the Germany-based think tank d|part. They will carry out a comprehensive survey of respondents in six European member states (Ireland, Spain, Germany, France, Poland and Sweden) to assess public attitudes in those countries.

Questions in the survey will address people’s attitudes towards the UK’s role in the EU, views on the position their respective governments should take in negotiations with the UK as well as opinions about how the UK should be engaged with if it were to choose to leave the European Union. In addition, respondents will be asked to what extent they are satisfied with their ability to influence policies towards the EU in their own country and whether they would like to have the opportunity for such a referendum themselves.

Results from the survey will be published in March 2016 and presented at open public events in Edinburgh, London, Brussels and Berlin. 

Policy relevance: 
The findings from the research will be very insightful for policy makers in other EU member states in informing them about the attitudes of their publics, but the results will also have great relevance for those involved in campaigns for and against the UK’s membership in the European Union.
Researchers: 
Date: 
November, 2015 to March, 2016

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