David Cameron condemns 'despicable' racist incidents in wake of EU vote

David Cameron has spoken out to condemn "despicable" reports of racism and abuse towards immigrants and ethnic minority Britons after the vote to leave the European Union.

The Prime Minister insisted the country "will not stand for hate crime" in response to incidents of abuse and intimidation towards EU immigrants, black and Asian people across the country since it voted to leave the EU last Thursday.

Giving a statement at his first Commons appearance since the referendum and his subsequent resignation announcement, Mr Cameron said: "We have a fundamental responsibility to bring our country together.

David Cameron responds to troubling racism reports.
David Cameron responds to troubling racism reports (PA)

"In the past few days we have seen despicable graffiti daubed on a Polish community centre, we've seen verbal abuse hurled against individuals because they are members of ethnic minorities.

"Let's remember these people have come here and made a wonderful contribution to our country.

"We will not stand for hate crime or these kinds of attacks, they must be stamped out."

His comments followed stories like these, which have horrified Twitter throughout the day...

One particular incident which has outraged the country came when somebody started posting these laminated cards into the homes of Polish families in Cambridgeshire...

And the abuse hasn't just been by directed by Britons towards people with European backgrounds, but even by foreign nationals towards British people...

Mr Cameron included his aim for a no-tolerance attitude towards racism as part of his hopeful overall vision for post-Brexit Britain.

He said: "As we proceed with implementing this decision and facing the challenges that it will undoubtedly bring, I believe we should hold fast to a vision of Britain that wants to be respected abroad, tolerant at home, engaged in the world and working with our international partners to advance the prosperity and security of our nation for generations to come.

"I have fought for these things every day of my political life.

"I will continue to do so."

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