Brexit, British People of Colour in the EU-27 and everyday racism in Britain and Europe

Benson, Michaela and Lewis, Chantelle. 2019. Brexit, British People of Colour in the EU-27 and everyday racism in Britain and Europe. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 42(13), pp. 2211-2228. ISSN 0141-9870 [Article]

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This paper foregrounds an understanding of Brexit as unexceptional, as business as usual in Britain and Europe. It reports on original empirical research with British People of Colour who have settled elsewhere in Europe, to bring into view an original perspective to understandings of what Brexit means to Britons living in Europe, and to consider what these testimonies offer to emerging social science research on Brexit. As we argue, focussing on the testimonies of British People of Colour living in the EU-27 offers a unique lens into how Brexit is caught up in everyday racism, personal experiences of racialization and racial violence, and longer European histories of racialization and racism. Importantly, these experiences precede and succeed Brexit, taking place in both Britain and other European Union countries.

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This research reported in this paper was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council through the UK in a Changing Europe Initiative [Grant Number ES/R000875/1].


Brexit, citizens’ rights, British People of Colour, British migration, racialization, everyday racism

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18 March 2019Accepted
10 April 2019Published Online

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11 Apr 2019 09:40

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09 Dec 2020 19:05

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