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Educational attainment and the Brexit vote

Jump, Rob Calvert; Michell, Jo

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Rob Calvert Jump


The Brexit vote is the most significant political event in recent British history. We present bivariate choropleth maps comparing the Leave vote share with age-adjusted secondary educational attainment. This provides an immediate visual representation of the spatial and bivariate correlations between these variables, as well as their geographical distribution. Only 12 of the 85 local authorities that voted Remain had lower than expected age-adjusted educational attainment; only 10 of the 95 local authorities in which the Leave vote share exceeded 60% had higher than expected age-adjusted educational attainment. While the effectiveness of choropleth maps for exploring the spatial characteristics of bivariate relationships has been discussed by a number of authors, our technique of using borders to highlight a threshold value appears to be under-utilised.


Jump, R. C., & Michell, J. (2020). Educational attainment and the Brexit vote. Environment and Planning A, 52(5), 829-832.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 9, 2019
Online Publication Date Jul 31, 2019
Publication Date Aug 1, 2020
Deposit Date Jul 31, 2019
Publicly Available Date Sep 17, 2019
Journal Environment and Planning A
Print ISSN 0308-518X
Electronic ISSN 1472-3409
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Issue 5
Pages 829-832
Keywords Brexit; education; choropleth
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