Brexit is dominating the news cycle, pushing all other issues to the sideline in both public and policy debate. However the impact of Brexit on BME people is rarely considered, despite them now being more than 8 million people, or roughly half the number of people who voted for each side of the referendum result.’
Runnymede was one of 20 race equality organisations to sign a letter in February 2019 asking the government to provide a clear plan for responding to racism post-Brexit.
Below we highlight Runnymede’s contribution to the Brexit debate, including a report from December 2015 where we recommended that BME voices should be heard more clearly in the then-forthcoming referendum debate, a recommendation that was unfortunately unheeded. Since then we have produced articles, reports and podcasts on the impact of Brexit on hate crime, race equality, Britain’s understanding of our history, immigration policy, voting behaviour and more widely.
We hope this contributes to a better Brexit debate and ultimately better policy for Britain’s black and minority ethnic people and for tackling racism and inequality in the country as a whole
Runnymede reports, briefings and projects
December 2015 report on race and immigration: This is Still about Us
Report in 2016 on race and class: Minority Report
Immigration after Brexit project, outlining a more effective and just immigration policy
A briefing with the TUC, Reframing Racism
Director Omar Khan for Left Foot Forward
Director Omar Khan as part of Queen Mary Panel discussion: video
Runnymede Blog: Race Matters