EU referendum: helpful sources of information

With just over a month to go before the EU referendum and both sides of the campaign issuing conflicting facts, figures & claims, here are just a selection of the sources available to help keep up to date and informed.


The UK in a Changing Europe: “The authoritative source for independent research on UK-EU relations”.  UK changing europe

One of the largest and most conspicuous initiatives which offers authoritative, non-partisan and impartial analysis, research and events into the complex issues involved.  Directed by Nuffield College Associate member Anand Menon, it also has various high profile experts on board including Dr. Angus Armstrong, Professor Iain Begg, Professor Catherine Barnard, Professor Simon Hix, Professor Michael Keating and Dr Sara Hagemann.

Full Fact: Full Fact is the UK’s independent, non-partisan, fact checking charity, checking claims made by politicians, the media, pressure groups, and other voices in public debate, and pushing for corrections where necessary.  They are fact checking the EU referendum, including the government’s EU leaflet, ensuring whatever decision you make you should have the correct facts to help.

European Documentation Centre, Cardiff: The team here have provided a guide to resources on the Brexit debate.  Click on the images in this guide to link into a range of
information sources.

National Institute of Economic and Social Research:  you can find all the NIESR research on the EU referendum here. This covers three key areas: the macroeconomic impacts of a decision to leave the EU, immigration and free movement and the financial sector. There are research papers, videos & briefings and blog posts.

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Centre for Economic Performance Brexit 2016:  here you can find policy analysis, blog posts and press releases from the Centre for Economic Performance regarding Brexit 2016.

IFS_logo  In a new report and accompanying interactive online tool IFS researchers provide an explanation of how the EU budget works, its size, where revenues come from and what the main areas of spending are. They also provide an estimate of the UK’s net contributions to the EU.

EUReferendum.UK: this site offers sources of information about the UK’s referendum about membership of the EU, including a quiz to test your current knowledge!


What UK Thinks: EU Poll of Polls what_uk_thinks_eu_logo

This poll of polls from NatCen Social Research is based on the average share of the vote for ‘Leave’ and ‘Remain’ in the six most recent polls of voting intentions in the EU Referendum.  There is also an option to explore the site by topics based on popular questions such as does the EU work? What should the EU do? & perceived consequences of leaving the EU.

BBC’s EU referendum poll tracker: Senior BBC political analyst Peter Barnes assesses what the polls may be telling us, including YouGov, Ipsos Mori, ICM, TNSOpiniumSurvation, ComRes



LSE British politics and policy blog: a variety of articles from academic observers on Brexit 2016.  This is complimented by BrexitVote, also by the LSE, which includes blog posts and articles on campaigns, culture, European economics & politics and the LSE Commission on the Future of Britain in Europe which aims to inform the national debate on Britain’s membership of the European Union, with high quality, evidence-based and balanced analysis.

UK-EU Referendum Watch: the blog of the UK-EU Referendum Watch hosted by the Global Europe Centre (GEC) at the University of Kent. This blog aims to provide non-partisan coverage of the UK’s referendum on EU membership.

The Conversation’s EU referendum: The Conversation is a collaboration between editors and academics to provide informed news analysis and commentary that’s free to read and republish and their authors are providing lots of news, research and analysis in the run up to the referendum.

BBC EU Referendum: a variety of news articles, interviews and videos on the many issues involved in the referendum.

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FT UK’s EU referendum: commentary, analysis and their own Brexit poll tracker

You can also keep up to date with the Nuffield Library monthly official publications and reports updates, available hereand by following us on Twitter and Facebook.


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