Referendum Watch: What Party Leaders Think

By Joe Young - Politics Editor

You see them plastered over the media, but what to the leaders of the UK’s biggest parties actually think? Read on to find out:

David Camerondc

Prime Minister David Cameron, despite calling the Referendum himself, is pro-European Union. He has frequently spoken for Britain to remain in a “reformed” European Union – something he achieved before the calling of the Referendum.

Jeremy Corbyn

Corbyn has historically been anti-EU, being instead in favour of closer ties with Russia. Since becoming the Leader of the Labour Party, however, he has taken a more pro-EU stance in his politics. Some have suggested that he has done so to appease his critics – the “Core Group Negative” and the “Hostiles”.

Tim Farron


The Liberal Democrats think of themselves as “the Party of Europe” as a result of their long-standing, consistent support of the UK’s EU Membership. As such, it should come as no surprise that Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron is pro-EU, and has been actively campaigning for a Remain result.

Nigel Farage


It should go without saying, but Nigel Farage, the Leader of the hardcore Eurosceptic United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) is vehemently anti-EU. He has been speaking out against the European Union for over two decades.

Nicola Sturgeonns

The Leader of the Scottish National Party, who wowed the country in May 2015 with her performance in the televised Leaders’ Debate, is in favour of remaining in the EU. She has said that in the event of Brexit, she will seek another Scottish independence referendum to reflect the massive changes to the UK.

Leanne Woodlw

Arguably the least known of the Leaders in this article, Leanne Wood, Leader of Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru believes in the UK remaining in the EU, and has expressed her surprise at the strength the Leave campaign has had in Wales.

Natalie Bennett


The last member of the “Progressive Alliance” and soon to be outgoing Leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett, is pro-EU and favours remaining due to the EU’s willingness to take on multinational corporations, and their action to combat climate change.

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Joe Young has been involved with student media for a very long time now, holding posts within The Pulse, and Pulse Radio, as well as the predecessor of The Pulse, Pluto. He is currently Politics Editor of The Pulse, and Head of News of Pulse Radio. In 2016, he won the Media Award for Best Article for his coverage of the Fishergate Shopping Centre bomb scare.
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