Britain experienced an alarming increase in racism and Islamophobia in the wake of June’s referendum vote to leave the European Union.
Police reported more than 3,000 allegations of such crimes in the weeks immediately before and after the vote – a 42 per cent increase and described by one police chief as the worst on record. A United Nations committee blamed the anti-immigrant rhetoric of many UK politicians during the referendum campaign for fuelling this spike.
Unite opposes the racist backlash unleashed by the EU referendum and stands in solidarity with anyone threatened by racist abuse and violence.
Unite will continue to defend our members’ jobs, but will also continue to defend EU nationals and other migrant workers who live and work in the UK. We support their right to remain.
From the undercutting of wages and lack of decent jobs to shortages of council houses, the problems blamed on immigration are down to employers and the government, and are not the fault of migrants.