The reported rise in incidents following Brexit raises questions over how far racist attitudes in the UK have been eradicated, rather than simply being suppressed in more recent times.

So far as the workplace is concerned, a Race at Work survey which was commissioned by Business in the Community in the summer of 2015, almost one year before the EU referendum, revealed that racial harassment and bullying remained prevalent in many organisations.

The post-Brexit climate has prompted Business in the Community to commission further, more detailed work using the findings of the 2015 survey, with an in-depth qualitative analysis of the data gathered. This is aimed at encouraging employers to take action now and at galvanising senior leaders and employers in the public, private and voluntary sectors into bold action which says that racist behaviour has no place in their organisations.

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