Tuesday, 28 March 2017

EU referendums 1975 and 2016

With the triggering of Article 50
here is an opportunity to compare the 1975 and 2016 EU referendum campaigns
Launched this week as part of the fab LSE Digital library the Brexit collection which has digitised pamphlets from 1975 and 2016 allowing you to directly compare content, style and rhetoric. You can sort by title, subject or affiliation.

Web archives of the 2016 referendum
the UK webarchive preserved websites 
search the collections to find mentions

A dedicated collection is the UK European Union Membership Referendum webarchive , from the the UCLA Library  which has 46 important "Remain" and "Leave" websites, ranging from environmental and academic grassroots organizations to trade unions and business groups. Also included were the main official websites about the referendum by the United Kingdom government.

How does this compare with 1975?
History and policy has an article from Adrian Williamson in 2015 which sets some issues
The House of Commons Library provides a briefing on the purpose of the 1975 referendum
the UK data archive has a 1975 election study survey which offers insight into voter attitudes.(subscribers)

if you have access to box of broadcasts you can view TV coverage of both the 2016 and 1975 referendum results
British Social Attitudes has been monitoring public changes in opinion since 1983

Good sites for keeping up to date
UK Parliament EU news. includes debates, legisaltion, select committee activity
UK Government Department for Exiting the EUropean Union
European Sources online - free access to this database of reports and articles.
 The Conversation - topical discussuion from UK academic blog
YouGov opinion polls
Links to papers and reports from think tanks posted weekly on our blog

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