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Hope Not Hate urges Britons to ‘stand together’ after Brexit


Kalia Abiade • Jun 24, 2016
Election or referendum in Great Britain. Voter holds envelope.
 

Many of us in the United States woke up this morning to the news that Britain voted to leave the European Union and that Prime Minister David Cameron resigned in response. The so-called Brexit campaign was fueled by a strain of nationalism and anti-immigrant populism that feels all too familiar on this side of the pond.

The Guardian: After Brexit, it’s worrying to be an ethnic minority Briton

Already, the international markets have reacted negatively to news and black and brown people in the UK are wondering what this means for them. Far-right leaders across Europe are celebrating this vote and calling for their own countries to follow suit. This decision and its aftermath will also have a profound effect here in the U.S.

We can learn from those still fighting for an inclusive and just Britain despite the xenophobia and nativism that seems to have prevailed.

Those who said they wanted their “country back” seem to have won. But does that mean a divided UK?

Nick Lowles, chief executive of the London-based organization Hope Not Hate, says now the country needs more people to promote an inclusive vision of Britain and support “those most at risk from any sort of xenophobic backlash.”

“Britain has spoken and now we need to stand together for the tolerant, diverse and multicultural society we want. We need to heal the rifts and try and bring communities together,” he writes.

Read an excerpt from Nick’s blog below and read the full article at Hope Not Hate:

A short time ago, after a campaign tainted with racism and anti-immigrant rhetoric, it was formally announced that Britain had voted to leave the European Union. This is a seismic moment for our country and indeed Europe.

I worry that there is a real danger that the bitterly-fought contest could leave a lasting legacy of division in our country. We cannot allow this to happen.

As the nation looks towards a life outside the EU, we will need voices that champion our vision of Britain and supports those most at risk from any sort of xenophobic backlash.

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One thing is sure. We cannot allow the toxic Referendum debate to spill over into local communities. Speaking to those from eastern and central Europe, and indeed other immigrants, over recent days it is clear that many are worried. They are uncertain about their future and concerned about a racist backlash.

Get involved to ensure this doesn’t happen.

Read the full post at Hope Not Hate

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