A glaring omission on the Brexit agenda is the impact on the Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Communities in Britain.
There is also a lack of real engagement with these communities on their fears, expectations or opportunities, if any on Brexit. These are examples of some key facts:
- Structural inequality: there is no cumulative and combined impact assessment by the government on how it will address the structural inequality in Education, Health, Employment and Housing post Brexit between people from White Backgrounds and those from BAME backgrounds.
The Runnymede Trust report identifies this inequality, which poses a significant disadvantage to BAME, as a result of long-standing factors, past and present which inevitably shape life-chances and experiences.
- Public services: according to the 2018 Intersecting Inequalities report, BAME are the hardest hit by cuts to the public services and austerity changes to tax and benefits. What will happen to BAME communities post Brexit if the government cuts public spending in response to a fall in GDP?
There are no structured impact assessments in place to address the widening inequality this will cause.
- Income Poverty: Black and Asian households in the lowest fifth of incomes experience the biggest average drop in living standards of 19.2% and 20.1%, respectively which in real-terms means an annual average loss in living standard of £8,407 and £11,678 according to the Intersecting Inequalities report.
In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the real implications post Brexit for BAME must be identified, analysed and addressed with real time social impact solutions.