British media, EU membership and the referendum

What has been the role of the media in shaping attitudes towards the EU?

This event will be looking at the complex relationship between British media and different strands of Euroscepticism, and the potential impact of social media and new technologies on political engagement in general.

There is a clear need to bring together studies from different disciplines such as Political Sciences, Media and Communication, and Political Economy, and communicate them to the general public in an accessible language. By providing unbiased and clear reports about the impact of the media on public opinion, we seek to contribute to a more comprehensive and transparent debate about the relationship between the UK in the EU.


9:00 – 9:30am – registration

9:30 – 11:00am – Opening remarks and Panel 1: UK-EU relations six months after the referendum 

This comprehensive panel stock of Brexit negotiations and discusses the economics, political and social implications of triggering Art.50 to the UK and the EU.

Panel Speakers:

  • Prof David Bailey, Aston University
  • Prof Simon Hix, LSE
  • Prof Anand Menon, KCL
  • Prof Paul Taggart, University of Sussex
  • Prof Vera Troeger, University of Warwick
  • Chair: Dr Tatiana Coutto, University of Warwick

11.00 – 11.15am – Coffee break

This panel will discuss methodological and empirical trends concerning the influence of the media on political behaviour. Special attention will be paid to the framing of EU affairs in Europe, and to the relationship between media and Euroscepticism. The panel will also discuss future perspectives.

11: 15 -12:40pm – Panel 2: Communicating politics and the EU to the British public: an interdisciplinary view


  • Mark English, European Commission
  • Prof Oliver Daddow, University of Nottingham
  • Prof Alison Harcourt, University of Exeter
  • Prof Abhinay Muthoo, University of Warwick
  • Prof Claes de Vreese, University of Amsterdam
  • Chair: Dr Elena Lazarou, European Parliament

12:40 – 1:40pm – Buffet lunch

Panel 3: Communicating politics and the EU to the British public: “old” and “new” media

This panel discussed specific features of online and social media, and to what extent existing models of content and discourse analysis may be adapted in order to better tackle the relationship between political communication and public attitudes. The panel will also discuss media neutrality, and possible policy strategies to fight misreporting and the diffusion of fake news on the internet.


  • Dr Clare Llewellyn, University of Edinburugh
  • Amy Longland, My Life My Say
  • Emran Mian, Social Market Foundation
  • Will Moy, Full Fact
  • Prof Steve Shifferes, London City University
  • Chair: Prof Nathaniel Copsey, Aston University / Foreign & Commonwealth Office

3:00 – 3:15pm – Coffee break

3:15 – 4:30pm Panel 4: Media, technology and youth engagement. Concluding remarks

This panel tackles issues such as turnout among young voters in the UK and elsewhere, how they obtain information about politics and policy processes, and their perceptions vis-a-vis the relationship between the UK and the EU.


  • Mete Coban, My Life My Say
  • Dr Robin Hill, University of Edinburgh
  • Kenny Imafidon, Bite the Ballot
  • Paul MacIntyre, Myton School, Warwickshire
  • Prof Carolyn Rowe, Aston University
  • Chair: Siobhan Benita, University of Warwick

The event is supported by The UK in a Changing Europe, and organised by the Department of Economics and Warwick Policy Lab.

For further information, please contact Tatiana Coutto – To register click here.

Venue: The Shard, 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG, United Kingdom

Please use the hastag #WarwickBrexit for any social media activities.

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