Very nasty things happened and were said during the referendum on Britain’s future in the European Union. Since the outcome, said the Revd Guto Prys ap Gwynfor at the Union’s Annual Meetings in Llanuwchllyn, there have been hundreds of examples of people shouting racist remarks at members of ethnic minorities in the street. That prompted Guto and the Revd Ron Williams to present an urgent motion to conference on behalf of the Union’s Peace Network. It said:
“Campaigning during the referendum held on June 23 exposing the worst elements in us as citizens of the British state. It succeedd in exposing the deep divisions in our communities, our nation and our state. We consider this a disaster of the first order, which may lead to a most dangerous situation.
We call on our churches and their members to challenge this culture of hatred and fear by strengthening their testimony to the Gospel that emphasises reconciliation and the call to follow the way of peace and justice. We emphasise with Paul that the kingdom of God is “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). “
The Motion was accepted unanimously