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Brexit vote fuelled 'anti-foreigner' feeling in Britain: report

Pro-Brexit supporters campaigned heavily on immigration, and the need to regain control on Britain's borders, in a referendum battle fought against the background of Europe's worst migrant crisis since World War IIThe Council of Europe voiced concern Tuesday at a rise in racist violence in Britain in recent years, adding that campaigning for the Brexit referendum led to a further rise in “anti-foreigner sentiment”. The Strasbourg-based Council, a human rights and democracy watchdog body separate from the EU, said tabloid newspapers notably fuelled hate-speech, while also lamenting a sharp rise in anti-Muslim violence. In a report, the Council’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) condemned “considerable intolerant political discourse in the UK, particularly focusing on immigration”.

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