Brexit and the 'Left Behind': Job Polarisation and the Rise in Support for Leaving the EU

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the changing relationship between attitudes towards EU membership and workers affected by globalisation and technological advances in the lead-up to the UK’s EU Referendum in 2016. It is found that workers employed in middling occupations, where both relative wages and employment have fallen, were significantly more likely than workers in high-paying occupations to indicate that the UK’s long-term policy should be to leave the EU. This view was particularly noticeable amongst males with middling occupations in the post-recessionary period between 2012 and 2015, and had increased significantly relative to the mainly pre-recessionary period between 2004 and 2008.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIndustrial Relations Journal
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 19 Sep 2021

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