In this study we look at how the EU referendum has been publicly discussed in the UK on Twitter. More precisely, we are interested in understanding the development of the thematic focus of the general Brexit debate as well as the behaviour of particular groups of users.
Jeremy Corbyn's pro-EU speech did not lead to relevant changes in British citizens’ preferences on the EU referendum. We looked at Twitter data to shed some light on the reaction of the Twittersphere.
The recent war of words between Matteo Renzi and Jean-Claude Juncker, triggered by the latter’s critical remarks towards Italy is only the latest, and certainly one of the most visible episodes in what some have called a new fault line in European politics.
Using natural language processing, we analyse reactions to Cameron’s speech on Twitter. We focus, in particular, on the issue of intra-EU migration, the most politically sensitive and prominent in the current Brexit debate.
«The salience of member state solidarity in citizens’ understanding of Social Europe implies that public opinion towards it is crucial for the democratic legitimacy of Social Europe as a political project.»