Was Brexit a Working-Class Revolt?

Moody, Kim
Date Written:  2016-09-01
Publisher:  Against the Current
Year Published:  2016
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21477

The malevelant genius of the Leave campaign was that it managed to go one step further and direct the anger of many previous working-class targets of derision at the even more vulnerable immigrants.



The findings of the major polls taken before and after the referendum vote reveal strong xenophobic and anti-immigration currents among Leave voters. When asked in the largest poll if they felt something was a force for "good" or "ill", of those Leave voters who answered the question two-thirds thought multiculturalism a "force for ill" and 82% found immigration also "ill".

The YouGov exit poll revealed similar attitudes, though slightly less severe, with 65% of LEave voters saying immigration was "bad" for the country, while 62% of Remain voters thought it "good". Whatever the shortcomings of polls, the margins make it clear that anti-immigration sentiment was a major factor in the Brexit vote and not entirely among Remain voters.

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