bovlomov wrote:Ben@Forest wrote:661-Pete wrote:On the other hand, my feeling is that if we had voted Remain, there would not have been so much of a resurgence in these European extremist groups since 2016.
I don't see that the two can be correlated.
I think it is a complicated story and it's difficult to untangle all the causes and all the effects. In no particular order:
- There were racist threads running through the referendum campaign.
- Extremists campaigning for Brexit here have close contacts with extremists throughout the continent.
- Extremists have been emboldened by the referendum.
- There are rising nationalist movements across the globe that have nothing to do with Brexit.
- We still haven't got to the bottom of Russia's involvement with Brexit. Russia has been close to some of Europe's nationalist leaders.
- Brexit isn't, in itself, a racist project.
- Even if the style of some Brexit campaigning has pushed a few more to the extremes, it doesn't mean the population as a whole has moved. Social media and graffiti, hopefully, aren't representative.
Racism was was used as a tool in the form of anti immigration throughout the referendum campaign's propaganda and IMO a good proportion of voters were stirred up to vote for Brexit as a result.
The little englanders interpretation and belief that the UK can go it alone adrift of continental Europe,meaning the UK doesn't need Johnny foreigner to help us build a better country.
They couldn't be more wrong.