Motivation, Myth and Reality

Publication Date06 Dec 2018
Pages9-23
DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-78769-435-420181003
AuthorNigel Culkin,Richard Simmons
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MOTIVATION, MYTH AND REALITY
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
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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?
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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.
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Complementary analysis of the polling results
found age and home ownership were especially important in determining a
disposition to vote leave
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with older home owners (and social housing
tenants) more likely to vote leave.
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