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Long, Jessica. 2021. "Mapping Brexit: Analysis of the Results of the 2016 EU Membership Referendum." Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska - Lincoln.


Copyright Jessica Long 2021.


The 2016 EU Membership Referendum, also known as Brexit, resulted in the United Kingdom deciding to leave the European Union (EU). This paper uses mapping techniques to examine the results of the Brexit. Results of the referendum show that most voters within the United Kingdom (UK) voted along regional entities. The major regional entities examined within the paper include England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Within these regions, national identity, age, and economic status had a major influence on a voter’s decision to Leave or Remain in the EU. Demographics were mapped and examined at multiple levels to better understand the importance of these influences on voters. Along with these regional analyses, the paper discusses the United Kingdom’s future independent from the European Union.