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This has actually very little to do with your reasoning, but the participation rate graph bugged me. Because EU are different sets of countries in different elections.

As it turns out, the new members in eastern Europe has lower and mostly decreasing participation rate according to this article about the 2014 elections.

This could mean that the UK's participation rate is similar to other member states in western Europe. Doesn't have to, but could. And since I won't bother pursuing the numbers further and it really doesn't matter, I will leave it at that.

by fjallstrom on Fri Apr 12th, 2019 at 07:51:46 PM EST
Yes, you are correct, much of the reduction in turnout rates in the rest of the EU is probably due to the addition of Eastern European members over the years. But it did strike me as significant that UK turnout rates are converging with the EU average despite 40 years of anti-EU propaganda and have actually risen slightly since 1999.

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