The British people predominantly did not vote to leave the European Union (EU) because they are racist and the public’s desire for control over immigration is not driven by prejudice, a report has found.

The study, by the liberal think tank Open Europe, found that the public’s greatest concern about immigration was that background and criminal checks are made. The race or ethnic background of new arrivals was largely unimportant to people.

People were also concerned if migrants would claim benefits, if they spoke English, and whether or not there were well educated, but they were less worried about their sexuality and if they were Christian.

EU membership mandates unrestricted and uncontrolled immigration, which the public opposes, but not because of bigotry, according to the study.

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