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Brexit and Multiculturalism

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The U.K is one of the most diverse nations in the world; this diversity has long been celebrated as an indication of an inclusive and tolerant society.

1. How has Brexit impacted Black and Minority Ethnic groups in the UK?
2. How has Brexit made members of minority groups feel?
3. How can the UK ensure that multicultural values are upheld after a highly divisive Brexit?
4. Has Brexit impacted what it means to be British?

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As a white European myself, I will not pretend to know how this process has impacted minority groups in the United Kingdom. However I see a potential problem due to Brexit, where because of the confusion it has created about the British identity could lead to a more closed view of British Identity. This could mean a less inclusive view of what consitutes as British with the UK exiting a larger body and could be consequencial for minorities in the UK.

Toon Hollevoet
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The Brexit is a reaffirmation of the UK's troubled relationship with Europe, as the different opt-outs and the membership in times of crisis suggests. Today, the EU is too much of a political project and it is thus very British to withdraw, preferring to keep its distance, as it always had. Brexit has not impacted what it means to be British in an international relations sense, but only confirms classic British foreign policy preferences. 

Alexander Dossche
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A few days ago, while discussing with an English friend, I asked him what means to him to be an English. Among other things, he said: “to be multicultural”.  Multiculturalism has characterised the UK for too long to be shadowed by something like Brexit. The multicultural model of integration developed in the UK is a quite unique one in Europe. Rather than expecting a country to assimilate different cultures, multiculturalism leaves to immigrants the chance to adapt while following their own...

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It was Charles Tilly (2004) who asked  "why and how do boundaries that at one point matter little or not at all for social life rapidly become salient bases of interaction?"  This for me underpinned Brexit. It forced us to think what it means to be British and what Britain should represent in the 21st Century. Possibly a question that most British people wouldn't think they would have to confront but a question that is now quite commonly debated and discussed in public discourse. Via a...

Nicholas Millet
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Minorities are often an issue dealt with nationally. Meaning it is (or should be) to the discretion of the concerned state to manage its population, including its minorities, migrants, etc...) in the way it suits it the best. Being part of the European Union definitely limits your margin of action as it subjects you to some supranational policies. However, Brexit is predominantly a political and identity issue, expressing will to have full sovereignty over UK's management of population,...

Iason Tsaldaris
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With little reassurances being given to EU residents inside the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it is hardly surprising that the general sentiment is quite uneasy among such groups. Although by no means the most vulnerable of migrant groups that could potentially be affected by the Brexit vote, Europeans have definitely contributed significantly to British culture in recent years.  From food to music, business, religion, art and more general culture, it is evident that a strong...

Thomas Worden
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If multiculturalism was challenged and under scrutiny in the UK before Brexit, I think Brexit will contribute to its ultimate criticism as the policy that is hindering Britain’s growth and social cohesion. In a context of sheer paradox, the UK had been able to opt out from a number of EU directives and had its own arrangements with the EU, including imposing restrictions on EU citizens’ ability to claim benefits while on UK soil, however the entire pro-Brexit media campaign was conducted...

Chiara Mila
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Chiara Mila

I believe that Brexit has pushed a substantial number of British citizens to seek EU citizenship elsewhere in order to maintain, protect, and reclaim their European identity for themselves and their children. This is evident in the increase in citizenship applications in Ireland and elsewhere immediately following Brexit. Brexit in a way has forced British citizens into an artificial and rigid categorization of a singular British identity, rather than European or multicultural as it divorces...

Jennifer Samson-Billet
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Jennifer Samson-Billet

I believe that Brexit has impacted several groups with the feeling of not being welcome/desired in the United Kingdom. I also see an important role of the media and the speeches that were broadcasted during the referendum to foment this feeling. The same phenomena can be observed in Brazil, regarding the election of Jair Bolsonaro (extreme right-wing president).   Trying to explain in more details: With Brexit itself (before and after the referendum), a lot of people who were “hidden”,...

Gabriela Bazzo
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Gabriela Bazzo

Brexit reflects British people’s concerns on problems caused by multiculturalism to some extent. British multiculturalism policy is aimed to promote incorporation of migration, but it results in new divisions of the society at the same time. In terms of British multiculturalism education, for example, Muslim immigrants in the UK can establish their schools. In this way, their children will tend to go to Muslim schools, which impedes their integration into British society. Besides, the limits...

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