CNN’s Amanpour: Xenophobia a Big Factor in Pro-Brexit Campaign

amanpourIn her reporting on the Brexit last night, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour brought up xenophobia as one of the reasons that the push for the UK to leave the European Union was so successful.

As the results were coming in last night, Amanpour told Anderson Cooper, “A lot of these Leave movements are led by the hard-right, very very xenophobic, anti-immigrant, very populist, nationalist, white identity politics––they are the leaders who are pushing this momentum.”

The leader of the Leave movement, UKIP’s Nigel Farage, said last year that immigration and rejecting open borders would be the “defining issue” of the Brexit.

Later last night, after the results were called, Amanpour again brought up Farage and said he’s the “anti-immigrant, xenophobic” spokesman for this victory, not the others who pushed for it.

Lots of writers have pointed to xenophobia as a major, if not defining, factor in the decision to split from the EU.

Watch above, via CNN.

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