LONDON (Reuters) – British police have tested plans in recent months to have 10,000 officers respond within 24 hours to any disorder or increase in hate crime if Britain leaves the European Union with no deal.
FILE PHOTO: Police officers stand guard outside Downing Street in London, Britain, March 30, 2019. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
In a statement, they also urged restraint in a political and public debate that has often been angry:
“There’s a responsibility on us all to think carefully and be temperate in how we communicate so we don’t inflame tensions,” said Martin Hewitt, head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council.
Chief Constable Charlie Hall added: “National and global events have the potential to trigger short-terms rises in hate crime and we saw this with the significant spike following the EU Referendum in 2016.”
Three years after Britons voted to quit the EU in a referendum, and with only a week left before a new, delayed exit