Immediately after the June 2016 EU referendum, reports of racist and xenophobic attacks, many on recent migrant populations, increased by 60%. Levels of reported attacks have since dropped, but are still 14% higher than in 2015.
Brexit has fundamentally changed the social as well as the political climate, for the worse. Yet politicians continue to make spurious claims about the “dangers” of immigration. EU migrants are now increasingly vulnerable: the Tories opposed guaranteeing the rights of all EU nationals currently resident in the UK after Britain leaves the European Union.