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Archbishop's views on Brexit don't reflect those of most Anglicans, poll finds

Sat 22 Sep 2018
By Eno Adeogun

The Archbishop of Canterbury's views on Brexit are opposite to most Anglicans, a poll has suggested.

The study, published in the journal Religion, State and Society, found that 66 per cent of Church of England Christians voted Leave, compared to a national average of 53 per cent.

Most Rev Justin Welby indicated ahead of the 2016 referendum that he would vote to remain in the European Union.

 

In fact, according to The Daily Telegraph, just one Church of England bishop, Mark Rylands, Bishop of Shrewsbury, is on record as supporting Brexit.

Greg Smith from the William Temple Foundation and Linda Woodhead from Lancaster University wrote in the London School of Economics and Political Science's blog to try and uncover the reasons for the disparity between "the beliefs of UK evangelicals - including the Archbishop of Canterbury - and 'normal' Anglicans".

They concluded: "Most Anglicans take a positive view of English culture and ethnicity, and regard the EU as a threat to their heritage, values, identity and parliamentary sovereignty.

"These concerns, which are sometimes lumped together as 'nativist' are greater even than their economic ones."

They also noted that "Anglicans tend to be older than the population as a whole, and that older people were more likely to vote Leave".

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