Race and immigration has always played a crucial role in the Brexit debate even before the 2016 referendum. From the blatantly racist anti-migrant posters presented by Nigel Farage to exhausting repetitions of the slogan, “taking back control of our borders,” it was clear from the beginning that BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) groups would be disproportionately affected by the decision to leave the EU.
After World War II, the strongest countries in Europe banded together to help each other rebuild their economies and ensure that such a terrible war could never happen again. The European Union was formed, grew to have 28 members, and together they would help each other solve problems to create a fair, united and prosperous Europe.
The countries with the biggest economies, like Germany, France and the U.K., would help smaller countries suffering from hard times like Italy, Spain and Greece. There were A LOT of money problems, but people knew that they could only be solved together, not divided.
On Thursday, June 23, the people of Britain voted for their country to leave the European Union (EU), otherwise known as “Brexit.” More than 30 million people voted, and those in favor won by a narrow margin of 52% to 48%, signalling the beginning of what may be the disintegration of one of the world’s largest economic alliances.
Formed after World War II, the EU was created as a pact of economic unity between Germany and France. Ultimately more European countries joined in the later decades, including the United Kingdom, for a total of 28 members.