Post-Brexit, you’d be forgiven for feeling pretty gloomy about life in the UK. The pound has crashed to levels not seen for over 20 years, it looks like Scotland could break away in order to remain in the EU, and – perhaps most worryingly of all – police believe that there has already been a steep rise in hate crime.
Figures released by the National Police Chiefs’ Council yesterday showed an increase of 57 per cent in reported incidents over the weekend, with Muslim, Polish and Jewish people being particularly targeted. “It’s no coincidence this has come off the back of the EU vote,” a police source told The Guardian.
But it’s in dark times that it becomes even more important to speak out against racism and intolerance, and Brits have been taking to social media to send messages of support to Europeans and other migrants in the UK.
Using hashtags including #PolesInUK, #HopeNotHate, #NotInMyName and #EuropeansWelcome, these tweets are a welcome reminder that, in the words of Jo Cox, “we are far more united than the things that divide us”.
Tomorrow morning in this hotel I will eat all the croissant as a breakfast show of EU solidarity - I will also eat any cheese/ charcuterie— Jenny Eclair (@jennyeclair) June 22, 2016
Manchester is a European city. It always will be. Europeans will always be welcome here.— Rebecca Moore (@rebecca_moore_) June 26, 2016
My future has changed now and I'm really scared. To my EU friends in the UK, I love you and you deserve to be here. I didn't vote for this.— Emily Diana Ruth (@emilydianaruth) June 24, 2016
dear european friends, we're so sorry, so many of us wanted to stay. this was not a well-informed choice. love from open-minded britons.— matthew caws (@nadasurf) June 24, 2016
As far as I'm concerned all Europeans are welcome here. You work hard & are a real asset to the uk. We love you.— Suffolk Farmer (@SuffolkFarmer) June 27, 2016