Will UK voters burst London’s bubble again?

05.06.2017 General Election 2017 : Brexit : Politics
An Uncertain Future: On Politics by The Future Laboratory, UK

London – The Future Laboratory has launched part one of An Uncertain Future, an original documentary series that examines consumer sentiment outside London in the run-up to the general election.

Leaving London, which voted overwhelmingly to remain in the European Union (EU), the LS:N Global team travelled to a dairy farm near Milton Keynes, a market town in Norfolk, Cardiff University in Wales and a Sikh Gurdwara in Bradford to hear from a diverse range of people. We spoke to four consumers about the current political landscape, how immigration has changed the face of Britain and what they believe life will be like in five years’ time after Britain has left the EU.

Representing different sides of the political spectrum, there were feelings of both confidence and uncertainty among our interviewees. Nigel Stacey, a farmer from Milton Keynes, is concerned that promises made during the election, especially in regards to agriculture, might not be kept, while Privilege Nyathi, a political refugee from Zimbabwe studying at Cardiff University, is voting for the first time because he feels that due to Brexit and the result of the last election there is ‘so much more at stake’.

Look out for the full series and report on An Uncertain Future, which will be released on 8 June.

The Big Picture

  • More than 2.3m people have registered to vote since the general election was called. Even though this is similar to numbers for the 2016 referendum and 2015 general election, there has been a much shorter timeframe between the election announcement and voting day
  • This series is part of a year-long exploration of consumer discontentment both here and in the US since the EU referendum and American presidential election of 2016. For more, see our Dislocated World and American Middle macrotrends, as well as our panel of experts’ predictions for Brexit