In October 2016, the BBC reported that according to figures published by the UK’s Home Office, incidents of racist or religious abuse recorded by police had increased by 41 per cent in the month after the UK’s vote to leave the EU. In addition, a report by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (a human rights body of the Council of Europe, which is a separate organisation to the EU) documented that there had been “an increase in xenophobic sentiment” in the UK following the referendum.
According to polling data from YouGov, approximately 75 per cent of voters between the ages of 18 and 24 voted to remain in the European Union in the UK referendum. Research carried out by the London School of Economics (LSE) suggested that voter turnout among this demographic was around 64 per cent.
The United Kingdom is set to formally leave the European Union on 29 March 2019, two years after Article 50 was triggered. This means that on the day European Movement Ireland’s A-Z is published (20 March 2018), there are 374 days remaining until Brexit is due to come into effect.