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Local Communities in Britain after Brexit

The UK formally left the EU on the 31 January 2020, but there are still many things we don’t know about how this will impact on communities across the UK and the country as a whole. The aim of this study is to understand what matters to people about their local areas at this time and how they think that might change when the UK transitions out of the EU.

Who is carrying out the research?

This research is being carried out by NatCen Social Research on behalf of the think-tank UK in a Changing Europe.

NatCen Social Research is the UK’s leading independent social research agency. We’re proud to have been carrying out research on behalf of government, charities and other organisations for over 50 years.

We are a non-profit organisation, completely independent of government departments and political parties.

What will taking part involve?

Taking part will involve attending an online workshop on the video platform Zoom. The workshop will last 2.5 hours and will cover what matters to you, within your communities and the UK as a whole, as the UK moves into a new phase of its relationship with the EU. You don’t need to be an expert in Brexit policy and you don’t need to prepare anything before attending the workshop. The discussion will include 15 other people from your region from a range of backgrounds and will include people who voted to Leave the EU as well as people who voted to Remain. You may be split into small groups to discuss together what you think might change for your area after Brexit and why this is important to you.

Why take part?

This is a great opportunity to have your views heard. The government is currently negotiating our new trading relationship with the EU as well as setting out its plans for the UK. This research comes at the right moment to help decision-makers understand how people in different regions across the UK see the future for their areas.   

We appreciate that for many people the circumstances of Covid-19 make the future feel uncertain and this may affect how you feel about the questions we will be asking you. However, it is still an important time to find out what people think about these issues and we hope you will consider taking part.

Each participant will receive a £50 voucher as a thank you for attending the duration of the workshop.

Why have I been selected to take part?

You have been selected as you are part of NatCen panel and you have previously agreed to be contacted about other research projects.

What will happen to any information I give?

  • With your permission, we will take notes at the workshop, so we have a record of what people said. We will also ask to audio record discussions, which will be used to check that our notes are accurate and comprehensive.
  • These notes and recordings will be kept securely and only the NatCen team will have access to them.
  • Any recordings made with participants’ permission will be transcribed to help the NatCen team with the analysis. 
  • NatCen will share anonymised transcripts and a report about the workshops with the UK in a Changing Europe. The report may also include some quotes from workshop participants. However, we will not be including names or personal details in the report and it will not be possible to identify you.  These anonymised transcripts will also be deposited in the UK Data Archive so that others who might be interested in this type of research could see what was discussed.  As above, it will not be possible to identify you in these documents.
  • At some workshops a journalist may be present to listen to the discussion and report on the conversation anonymously.  On the day you will be given more information about this and the option to not participate in this aspect. No information about any individual will be captured or reported in the media without the individual’s express permission.

Contact us

If you have any questions about taking part, please email localcommunities@natcen.ac.uk or call 0808 281 9513.

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