Brexit was fuelled by an overwhelming feeling among voters that they had no control over immigration, new research has found.

Nearly three in four people, 72%, felt powerless about migration, analysis by the National Centre for Social Research, which was carried out for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, revealed.

The feeling was similar across social barriers, with 71% of higher income earners saying they "can make no difference" to immigration, while 76% of people on lower incomes felt the same way, according to the study which was conducted before the EU referendum campaign began.

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Brexit was the culmination of a decades long cycle in which the views of a large section of society on immigration were ignored, researchers said.

The "populist right" was successful in the Brexit referendum because it was able to communicate with dissatisfied voters on an emotional level, according to the analysis of public attitudes.