Brexit: What has Britain become 5 days later?
Wifaqul Ulama Interfaith (Department)
This statement is being issued on the 29th of June 2016 and supersedes all previous statements on the subject.
Let us begin by stating that the majority of British citizens exercised their right to express their wishes, that the UK should no longer be part of the EU. The wishes of the majority should be respected. We firmly believe that a majority of those voting for Brexit are neither racist nor xenophobic or Islamophobes but are decent, proud law abiding citizens of Britain who stand with us in condemning what is happening to our country.
A recent report into Islamophobia in the UK has found that Muslim hate crime is most likely to be carried out by teenagers and that women are more likely to be attacked than men. This report was commissioned by TellMama and worked on by the late MP Jo Cox.
It is against the backdrop of rising racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia we had one of the most vile political campaigns in this country largely focusing on immigration. The aftermath of a campaign scarred by bigotry seems to have sent a message that it’s OK to be racist in Britain.
Wifaqul Ulama had speculated that it wasn’t just the choice on offer in the Referendum but those backing those choices should also need to be considered. Brexit in addition to having the economic consequences and repercussions has brought back the ugly days of racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia which we thought were behind us. We have been trying to catalogue these attacks and raise awareness on the Social Media. Yesterday in Walsall, ‘flaming liquid’ was thrown at an employee of a Halal Butchers. While the country is in financial turmoil, the Prime Minister has resigned Jeremy Corbyn is fighting to survive and a 57% rise in racist attacks by a minority of citizens of this country is unacceptable. We welcome the move to place Metropolitan Police on heightened alert. However, more needs to be done by those in the corridors of power to reverse the rising tide of these attacks post Brexit. Britain has worked hard to put the days of 1960s and 1970s behind us, we don’t wish to return to those ugly days. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has also urged British authorities to act to stop rising “xenophobic attacks” following the Brexit referendum.
Wifaqul Ulama is alarmed because this racist rhetoric is spreading to our Schools. Our children need to be protected from hatred spreading across their playgrounds. We urge all to write to their MP and ask them to take decisive action in combating racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia, post Brexit.
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I am writing to you because I am deeply concerned by the racist attacks on citizens of our country. Let me begin by stating that the majority of the British citizens exercised their right to express their wishes that United Kingdom should no longer be part of EU. The wishes of the majority should be respected. I firmly believe that a majority of those voting for Brexit are neither racist nor xenophobic or Islamophobes but are decent, proud law abiding citizens of Britain who stand with me in condemning what is happening in our country.
I am alarmed because racist rhetoric is spreading to our Schools. Our children need to be protected from hatred spreading across their playgrounds.
I subscribe to the democratic right of my fellow citizens in determining the future of our country. I myself exercised my right in the EU referendum. However, I was dismayed by the toxic campaign run before the referendum. Predictably, it has fuelled a rise in vile rhetoric and physical attacks on the citizens of this country.
I, along with majority of decent citizens of this country am appalled by the circumstances. I urge you to do everything in your power to ensure that the poisonous rhetoric fuelling these attacks and the attacks themselves are stopped, immediately.
We are a decent country and we have made a lot of progress over the years. Britain should remain a shining example and a beacon of hope in race relations for the rest of the world.
When this issue is raised in the Parliament, I express my wish for you to convey my position to the members of Parliament. I also wish for you to convey my position to the Home secretary, The Right Honourable Theresa May.