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New article: All Brexiteers now? Brexit, the Conservatives and party change


How much is Brexit bringing about change within the UK Conservative Party? Philip Lynch and Richard Whitaker have published an article in the journal British Politics dealing with this question. The research is based on an original dataset created by the authors to establish positions on the EU issue and referendum of the 330 Conservative MPs in office on 23 June 2016 plus a range of other variables. The article shows how party change resulting from Brexit is an unusual example given the source of party change (a discretionary referendum called by a leader confident of winning it), its sudden and extensive nature, and the mismatch between major policy change and limited change to leadership, personnel and factional dominance. Read the article here.