UK: Post-Brexit racism: incidents of hate across the country, proposed government response criticised

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"The full extent and true nature of the “blatant hate” that has beset post-Brexit Britain is today detailed for the first time after The Independent was given exclusive access to a database of more than 500 racist incidents compiled in the weeks since the EU referendum.

The hatred that has divided British society in the past month features “F*** off to Poland” letters in Tunbridge Wells, wealthy London diners refusing to be served by foreign waiters, dog excrement shoved through letter boxes in Rugby, and racist abuse from children as young as ten."


  • Racism unleashed: True extent of the 'explosion of blatant hate' that followed Brexit vote revealed (The Independent, link)
  • Racism unleashed: 'Send the lot back' – on the road in post-referendum England (The Independent, link)

    And see the government's proposed response:

  • Action Against Hate: The UK Government's plan for tackling hate crime (pdf)
  • Government support for communities in united drive against hate (Home Office, link)

    It has not received a warm welcome from anti-racist groups - the Coalition of Race Equality Organisations (CORE) has said that "the plan has serious flaws and consultation on it has been poor." See: Four year hate crime plan slammed by anti-racist groups (Migrants' Rights Network, link)

    Regular updates on post-Brexit racism are being provided by the Institute of Race Relations' News Service (link).

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