Peter Kellner

Visiting Scholar
Carnegie Europe

Kellner is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, where his research focuses on Brexit, populism, and electoral democracy.

Peter Kellner is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, where his research focuses on Brexit, populism, and electoral democracy.

Prior to joining Carnegie, Kellner was president of the online survey research company, YouGov, from 2007 to 2016, after serving as the organization’s chairman from 2001 to 2007. Previously, he consulted on public opinion research to a number of organizations, including the Bank of England, the Corporation of London, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the National Westminster Bank, and the Trades Union Congress.

Kellner has worked extensively as a British journalist. He has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Times, the Independent, the Observer, and the Evening Standard, and has been a regular contributor to television and radio programs, such as BBC Newsnight and Channel Four’s A Week in Politics. He was awarded Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards in 1978.

He has been a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford; a distinguished visiting fellow at the Policy Studies Institute, London; and served as a member of committees set up by the Economic and Social Research Council to commission research into elections and social exclusion. He received a Special Recognition Award from the Political Studies Association in 2011.

Kellner is currently the chairman of the National Council for Voluntary Service (NCVO) and a trustee of UpRising, a charity that mentors young people.

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  • Brexit: What Brexit? 
    • Thursday, December 13, 2018

    Brexit: What Brexit? 

    Few want the UK to crash out of the EU without a deal. After a tumultuous week for Theresa May, the chances have risen that Brexit won’t happen at all.

  • Theresa May’s Worsening Woes
    • Thursday, November 15, 2018

    Theresa May’s Worsening Woes

    The chances of a new Brexit referendum sometime in 2019 are growing—as is the possibility that the UK will not, in the end, leave the EU at all.

  • Brexit’s Never-ending Transition
    • Tuesday, October 09, 2018

    Brexit’s Never-ending Transition

    Whatever happens in the next few weeks, implementing Brexit could make the UK a rule-taker, not a rule-maker, perhaps indefinitely.

  • Brexit: Who Will Blink First?
    • Tuesday, September 25, 2018

    Brexit: Who Will Blink First?

    The endgame in the Brexit negotiations has come down to a battle of nerve for the UK and the EU. Unless one side gives way, the chances of talks ending without a deal look high and rising.

  • Labouring Toward a New Brexit Vote
    • Tuesday, August 28, 2018

    Labouring Toward a New Brexit Vote

    To keep the majority of his supporters on side, UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn—a lifelong opponent of Brussels and all its works—might end up preventing the catastrophe of Brexit.

  • Four Brexit Scenarios
    • Tuesday, July 24, 2018

    Four Brexit Scenarios

    An eleventh-hour deal on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU might be hammered out by the end of the year. But the risks are rising that it won’t.

  • Brexit: Time to Drop the Niceties
    • Tuesday, June 05, 2018

    Brexit: Time to Drop the Niceties

    The clock for Brexit negotiations is running down. At some point soon, Theresa May needs to take a stand on the many serious issues that are dividing her party—and nowhere near being solved.

  • The Reopening of the Irish Question
    • Monday, April 30, 2018

    The Reopening of the Irish Question

    The EU is fighting to keep the Irish border open under any Brexit deal.

  • Brexit: Promising the Impossible
    • Monday, March 12, 2018

    Brexit: Promising the Impossible

    Brexiteers want to conclude a deal—almost any deal—to leave the EU. Their fear is that if the negotiations drag on, Brexit may not happen. 

  • The British Conservatives and the Price of Division
    • Tuesday, February 13, 2018

    The British Conservatives and the Price of Division

    Theresa May cannot make the hard choices on Brexit until she decides what the Tory party is fundamentally about: tradition or enterprise. Either way, she is bound to put her government in peril.


MA, Economics, King’s College, University of Cambridge

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