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Saturday, July 2, 2016

#UK - Sadiq Khan: 'Leave' camp must explain rising xenophobia - UpFront: Al Jazeera English

Published on 2 Jul 2016
Just a week after Britain's vote to leave the European Union, the UK is facing a potential economic downturn, a political crisis and a spate of racist attacks.

During the referendum, those on both sides of the debate accused each other of lies, smears and racism, but with Islamophobic and racist abuse now on the rise, who is to blame for the spike in attacks?

In this week's Headliner, Mehdi Hasan speaks to London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who says the leaders of the "Leave" campaign must explain why there is now a sharp increase in racist attacks.

"You can't escape the fact that the ['Leave'] campaign was horrible," he adds.

When asked how best to combat Islamophobic rhetoric, the London mayor says that the country must "beat it one person at a time, one newspaper at a time, one media outlet at a time."

Watch more of Mehdi Hasan's interview with Sadiq Khan, in which they discuss the political crisis facing the Labour party and Jeremy Corbyn.

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