Council Chairman Slams Racist Incidents In Scilly Following Brexit Vote

polling station scillyThe Chairman of Scilly’s Council says islanders “should not tolerate” racist incidents following the recent Brexit vote.

Cllr Amanda Martin issued a statement today saying our community, “is not immune to racism” and reporting that there have been, “offensive comments and so-called jokes made to or about islanders of foreign origin.”

Cllr Martin says these incidents are not acceptable, “even those presented under the dubious cloak of ‘humour.’”

The Council’s Chairman also said it is impossible to know the full impact of the Brexit vote on the islands, but it is, “already obvious that we shall be negatively affected on many levels.”

She said it’s unlikely that the Council will know “for quite some time” how the referendum result will affect future investment, adding that some laws and regulations may change in the long term, but this is likely to take many months.

Cllr Martin also warned that, “Our national government is in turmoil and appears not to have prepared for this result as there are no contingency plans as yet.”

In Scilly, a majority of 56% of the electorate voted to remain in the EU and 44% voted to leave. Turnout here was 79%.



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