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Expert Analysis in the Brexit Debate

SPS academics have been active participants in the EU Referendum debate, providing expertise on constitutional and policy implications, political strategy, potential uses of social media, and analysis of results.

Television Coverage

Voters turned to SPS experts for televised analysis.

Laura Cram appeared on an STV News documentary, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the European Union (but were afraid to ask). She was also the overnight political expert on STV News as the results unfolded. Nicola McEwen provided analysis on implications for Scotland throughout referendum night on BBC Scotland and Alan Convery appeared on Al Jazeera from 5am on Friday, following the result.

Radio Coverage

SPS academics were highly active on the airwaves.

Ailsa Henderson provided analysis for Canadian audiences with appearances on CBC radio stations, and on BBC Radio 4 following the vote. Nicola McEwen appeared on Radio Scotland to make sense of the vote and also provided analysis for BBC Radio 5 Live. John Peterson appeared on Radio Scotland, speaking about implications for the future of the EU.

Laura Cram spoke with Radio Forth, Christina Boswell was interviewed by BBC Scotland and provided expertise on Radio Scotland’s Kaye Adams show. Michael Keating appeared on The Big Debate on Radio Scotland as well as Radio Nacional of Spain.

Our senior postgraduate students also enjoyed the opportunity to gain valuable media experience. Dani Cetra spoke to Radio Euskadi in advance of the vote and Coree Brown Swan answered listener questions on the Kaye Adams show.

International Press Coverage

SPS researchers provided international exposure for the University as a centre of research excellence.

James Mitchell spoke widely to the international press, including the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Herald, Die Presse, Millennium Post, the Echo of India, Liberation, Le Monde, and Pravda. Charlie Jeffery spoke to the Taiwanese paper, the Epoch Times. Michael Rosie was quoted in the EU ObserverJan Eichhorn spoke with the Hamburger Abendblatt, the Russian Paper Ria Novosti, Now Press and Shihua Information on his work on the views of other European member states.

Laura Cram spoke with the Danish Jyllans-Posten on anti-immigration arguments in the Brexit debate, her work on the analysis of social media and the @myimageoftheEU gallery was also featured in The Economist, and multiple international papers, including the New York Times. Laura was also interviewed by Tom Nuttall, the EU Observer,  and French TV magazine ‘C’est dans l’air’.

Nicola McEwen was cited in Le Figaro, and The Telegraph, as well as multiple interviews with broadcasters from Germany, France, Poland, Spain and Finland. Michael Keating was quoted by Radio France Internationale and appeared on French Canadian television, and provided over 25 interviews to the international press. Our colleague in the Law School, Christine Bell, was quoted in a New York Times piece on the aftermath of the referendum.

The Centre on Constitutional Change

The Centre, hosted by SPS, continues to provide a forum for analysis, including contributions from colleagues in SPS and across the University of Edinburgh.

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