Motivation, Myth and Reality

Publication Date06 December 2018
Date06 December 2018
AuthorNigel Culkin,Richard Simmons
Whatever your views on the Brexit debate [] the monopoly of the
EU membership model has now been shattered. The story behind
this remarkable swerve now forms a part of our nations tale. It
slots into a thread on sovereignty stretching back through the
breaking of the line at Trafalgar or the reships at Calais; or in less
incendiary terms, via our founding role in EFTA, the volumes of
Adam Smith and the Statute of Praemunire. Our country[s]
[] history is also that of an ancient nation state; one with a
profound sense of the limitations of its institutions that was already
considered shocking by its Capetian and Valois counterparts.
(Rotherham, 2018)
On 11 April 2018, a UK Museum of Sovereignty
was announced to cele-
brate British Exceptionalism. In view of the geographic distribution of the
2016 UK Referendumwith majorities to leave in both England and Wales,
should we perhaps say English and Welsh Exceptionalism?
This impres-
sion of identity votingwas underpinned by the 2016 Annual Social atti-
tudes survey that interviewed Brexit Leavers and found that a sense of
national identitycoupled with a rm set of social attitudes characterised
the typical Leave Voter.
Complementary analysis of the polling results
found age and home ownership were especially important in determining a
disposition to vote leave
with older home owners (and social housing
tenants) more likely to vote leave.

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