European Union

'Flood' of passport enquiries over Brexit

By Josh Jackman, September 1, 2016

Hundreds of British Jews have enquired about or tried to obtain EU passports following the Brexit referendum.

One synagogue head said she had received a "flood" of requests for assistance in obtaining foreign citizenship, and German, Polish and Portuguese sources have reported a surge of passport applications from the Jewish community.


Fight for the right to rave

By Peter Rosengard, July 21, 2016

I flew to Ibiza this week. I'm a regular rave house basement first floor DJ there, I do it once every 40 years, but this time was different.


Having a referendum was right

By Daniel Finkelstein, July 14, 2016

"Whether Mr Cameron was right to call a referendum on the European Union is an issue for historians to argue about". Well no, actually, I think we have to argue about it right now, if that's alright with you. You see I think the question matters right now. And matters to Jews. I think I'd better explain.


A Brexit letter to a Jewish grandparent

By Ben Judah, July 7, 2016

Dear Jewish Grandparent!

For once, it seems, we Jews are not exceptional. Just like the majority, the old voted overwhelmingly to Leave the European Union, and the young overwhelmingly to stay. And, just like the majority, despite all our Shabbat dinners, young Jews are also pretty peeved at old Jews voting them out of the EU.


Leave vote was about identity

By Melanie Phillips, July 7, 2016

The Brexit vote has heightened passions right across the nation. Many have been left deeply upset and anxious. Families and friendships have been ripped asunder.

The temperature has been raised yet further by a reported rise in the number of attacks on immigrants and Jews. Some Remainers have blamed this on the Brexit campaign.

Such a charge is odious.


'Now we have to prove we really are a great count​ry'

By Rosa Doherty and Daniel Sugarman, June 30, 2016

Stuart Byron, teacher, from Golders Green, in his 50s. Voted Leave

"I voted Leave because I didn't like being ruled by Europe. What's happened since the vote shows that I wasn't far wrong. Europe now has turned out as a big bully; 'we're going to sort you out because of what you did'. It just shows that they thought they had complete control over the country."


French Jews in Britain 'not considering leaving' after referendum result shock

By Jenni Frazer, June 30, 2016

Haim Korsia, France's Chief Rabbi, acknowledged this week that it was "always a possibility" that some of the estimated 35,000 French Jews living in Britain would return in the wake of the Brexit vote.


People will look for a scapegoat

By Jonathan Freedland, June 30, 2016

So British Jews take their place alongside Londoners, Scots and the Northern Irish as people who bucked the trend and voted solidly - by 58 per cent to 32 per cent according to today's JC poll - to remain in the European Union.


Brexit vote triggers fears over security

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2016


More than a third of British Jews feel less safe following the EU referendum result, a JC poll has revealed.

After the country backed leaving the European Union, 38 per cent of the community said the outcome had left them more concerned about their security. More than half said they felt pessimistic about the future.


Charities' fears over impact on staffing

By Charlotte Oliver, June 30, 2016

Jewish charities fear their funding and recruitment could be hit when Britain leaves the European Union.

The leaders of the community's largest charities expressed concern that Brexit may affect their employment of EU nationals and their ability to raise funds through donations.

Simon Morris, chief executive of Jewish Care, said it was an "uncertain time" for the organisation, where 15 per c