As a result of Brexit, people of colour who have grown up in Britain or immigrated to the country have had to grapple with the idea that we’re not welcome in the UK. Nationwide research
conducted in 2019 showed that 71% of people from ethnic minorities reported facing racial discrimination, up from 58% in January 2016, after the Brexit referendum. Former Prime Minister Theresa May undoubtedly compounded this issue after her “hostile environment” immigration policy led to the Windrush Scandal
which saw the children of Commonwealth citizens unlawfully detained and threatened with deportation. Sarah O’Connor
had moved to the UK aged six and had been mistakenly classified as residing in the country illegally. “They made me feel like I’m not British,” she told The Guardian
. She was unable to work, denied benefits and died at age 57. What does it take to be “British” if your cultural identity can be stripped away from you so easily?