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School of History

What Does Brexit Mean for Black and Asian Britain? - Mile End Institute

29 October 2018

Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm
Venue: Queen Mary University of London

Neema Begum (University of Manchester)
Rupa Huq (Labour MP for Ealing Central and Acton)
Sunder Katwala (Director of British Future)
Trevor Phillips (former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission)


In the 2016 Brexit referendum, Britain’s four million Black and Asian voters emerged as a crucial electoral battleground. The referendum spoke to fundamental questions about immigration, race, identity and the Commonwealth, sparking a vigorous debate in papers like The Voice and Eastern Eye. Black and Asian politicians, journalists and celebrities featured prominently in the campaign, from Rupa Huq, Sadiq Khan, Priti Patel and Chuka Umunna to June Sarpong, John Barnes and Jermain Jackman. Voting exposed significant differences within and between minority groups, while the aftermath of the vote sparked further controversies over immigration rules, hate crime and the legacies of empire.


Join our expert panel to explore how the referendum was fought and won, how attitudes to Europe have changed over time and what Brexit might mean for Black and Asian Britain. Entry is free (though booking is essential) and you are welcome to join us for a drinks reception afterwards.

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