Britain exit leaves behind racial discrimination

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London, June 28: Brexit may have been a democratic move by the people, but there are a number of things to worry about. For instance, hate crime and racial discrimination.

Experts believe that the numbers will take a toll on the country's socio-political stability with people indulging in rampant hate crime against the Asian, Muslims and the minorities.


In fact, voicing similar concerns are Baroness Sayeeda Warsi and former Equality commissioner Trevor Phillips. However, the former chairperson of the Conservative Party denounced the rise in hate crimes and requested the Brexit supporters to put their foot forward in such incidents and show a positive vision of a united country, which is both stable and secure.

The incidents though reported to be sporadic and isolated in nature, they are still a matter of great concern for the minorities residing here. Immediately after the referendum result was declared, a Muslim girl was cornered by a few men who shouted, "Get out, we voted 'leave'".

Security has been tightened especially in areas where the Asians, Polish, African and other minority community reside. Adding fuel to the fire were the editorials that appeared after the controversial referendum.

For instance, Trevor Phillips in an article wrote, "I can't say that every person of colour I know will be feeling quite so confident that they still have a FUTURE in Britain". This was to voice his concerns for Britain after the Brexit, but was misinterpreted in many quarters.

This happened in the wake of incidents where immigrants and their descendants are being stopped on the street and ordered to leave Britain.

Baroness Warsi urged the Brexit backers to assure the nation and its people that the Brexit would not bring any change in the way the country has been hosting them.

"I also want them to come out and say that the campaigning was divisive and was xenophobic and give a commitment that future campaigning and the way that they intend to run this country will be united, will make people from all backgrounds feel like they belong," she said.

She further added, "I've spent most of the weekend talking to organisations, individuals and activists who work in the area of race hate crime, who monitor hate crime, and they have shown some really disturbing early results from people being stopped in the street and saying look, we voted 'Leave', it's time for you to leave. And they are saying this to individuals and families who have been here for three, four, five generations. The atmosphere on the street is not good."

She further says, "This is what I said before the campaign - that long after the political bus moves on we leave problems on our street. So it is important for politicians to come out right now, talk about the vision that they have for the country, a united country and then take that forward for a positive vision of this country which is both stable and secure."

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