European Union

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


My generation has been let down by the establishment

By Josh Jackman, June 30, 2016

"If you wanted to remain so much, why didn't you vote?"

This was the question posed to the 64 per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds who failed to turn up at the ballot box on Thursday. Since this age group was 75 per cent in favour of Remain, the logic goes, the fate of the UK's EU membership was in their hands.


'As soon as the downturn gets going they'll start looking at the Jews again'

June 30, 2016

The head of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, has argued that Brexit could lead to an increase in antisemitism across Europe.

Rabbi Margolin, whose organisation represents over 800 rabbis across the continent, said: "The EU is today much weaker. The UK in particular was a strong advocate for freedom of religion and in the fight against antisemitism.


Paris community leaders lament British 'isolation'

By Shirli Sitbon, June 30, 2016

Brexit was not on the agenda at Jewish Agency board of governors meeting in Paris this week, but it was still a hot topic - and the UK came in for some heavy criticism.

"Who cares about them? These Brits have an island mentality. They've been bothering us for years, trying to dictate their own rules. Good riddance!


Israeli diplomats regret loss of UK influence on EU

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 30, 2016

Israel had no public or official position on last Thursday's referendum.

The consensus within the diplomatic service was that Britain's exit from the European Union would be disadvantageous for Israel, which has often relied on British backing in European forums.


This will embolden Europe's extremists

By Matthew Goodwin, June 30, 2016

Brexit was the result that was never supposed to happen. As the results rolled in from across the country it became clear that, once again, the collective assumption of a Remain win, one that had been shaped by the opinion polls, betting markets and economists, was wrong.


Sadiq Khan: warnings about security and racism after Brexit vote

By Sandy Rashty, June 27, 2016

Sadiq Khan has voiced his concerns about security and racism in the wake of the Brexit vote.

He has also called on the UK government to give him “a seat around the table” during Brexit negotiations.

The London Mayor made the comments after the UK voted to leave the European Union on Friday morning.


Brexit: Now we must avoid narrow nationalism

By Danny Rich, June 24, 2016

Whether you were a Brexiter or part of the large minority who voted Remain, you participated in an historic moment – certainly in the story of the United Kingdom, and possibly of greater significance for the future structure of Europe.