EU Referendum

BME people in Wales think EU referendum 'not for them'

Simon Woolley

Black and minority ethnic (BME) people in Wales do not think the EU referendum is "for them", a campaigner has said.

Simon Woolley from Operation Black Vote (OBV) said all people should get involved to enrich the debate.

OBV's voter registration event in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, on Thursday night, only attracted three people.

Mr Woolley said: "I guess that suggests the level of interaction that black and minority communities have with the EU debate."

Vale of Glamorgan AM, Jane Hutt, and two members of the public went to the event.

OBV is taking a neutral stance on the referendum.

"The debate is enriched by our involvement and I would also seek that our involvement should quell some of the toxicity that is out there, particularly around issues of immigration," said Mr Woolley.

"I'm slightly disappointed in the turnout but I guess that suggests the level of interaction that black and minority communities have with the EU debate.

"They don't think it's for them. And it is."

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