A contender to replace ageing socialist Jeremy Corbyn as the leader of the Labour Party concluded his campaign by deriding over half of Britain’s electorate, saying the Brexit campaign had “racism at its core”.
In a final push for his leadership campaign ahead of the nomination deadline, Clive Lewis, Member of Parliament for Norwich South and Shadow Treasury Minister, said that many minorities felt a “sense of dread” after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union.
“I think part of the Brexit campaign, and part of the undertone of Brexit, from some politicians, Nigel Farage and others, had racism at its core and its heart. They used it as a mechanism to divide our communities, to divide our country”, Lewis claimed on Sky News.
“How many people of colour, how many people of colour, on the day after the referendum with a sense of dread because of what had happened?” he asked.
“Ultimately our country had chosen to listen to Boris Johnson, someone who has a track record of racist commentary, of giving credence to racism”, Lewis suggested.
Mr Lewis did admit, however, that not everyone who voted to leave the European Union is a racist, conceding that even members of his own family had voted for Brexit.
“[S]ome of my family voted for Brexit but I think there were drivers within that campaign that certainly were very unsavoury and what I would call racist,” he said.