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Ask most people in inner-city London how they felt when they found out that Britain had voted to leave the European Union, and the chances are the memories are not happy ones. In this cosmopolitan city, where ethnic and cultural differences are mostly celebrated as a force for good, 28 out of 33 boroughs rejected the Brexit campaign, with its strong focus on curbing immigration.More than 43 percent of Lambeth's 322,000 residents are from black and minority ethnic groups – close to average for London, but more than three times higher than the national average.In Mallett's parish in Brixton, which is not part of Hoey's constituency, people were profoundly upset by news after the referendum of incidents around the country where immigrants and people from minorities were verbally abused, sent threatening messages or even spat at.Polish national Szlendak had never previously questioned her status in Britain in her nine years here.Szlendak said the referendum had made her feel like she didn't know Britain as well as she had thought.
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