Brexit and race equality

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 organosations 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  

Manifesto for race equality for 2017 election

 

External blogs/podcasts

Director Omar Khan for Huffington Post 
Director Omar Khan podcast for Another Europe is Possible 
Policy Officer Kim McIntosh article for ROTA 
Deputy Director Zubaida Haque piece for New Statesman  

Director Omar Khan for UK and EU 

 

Runnymede Blog: Race Matters

Back to the Future? Brexit, Trump and the Post-racial      
Post-Brexit hate crime ‘will get worse’ - David Lammy MP  
Racism and inequality: The truth about Brexit 
Race equality and Brexit: One year on   

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