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Britain’s Home Secretary Amber Rudd walks with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe in Westminster, London, July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Lauren Hurley/Pool

London-The United Kingdom must take “urgent” measures with regard to the rise in racist attacks following Brexit and the persistence of discrimination affecting ethnic minorities, said a British government commission on Thursday.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission published a report which was presented as the most ample study ever released on ethnic minorities in the UK.

“Blacks are more susceptible to being victims of crimes or being treated more harshly by the judicial system,” stated the report.

“In England and Whales, you have twice the chances of being killed if you are black.”

Moreover, xenophobic crimes have seen a “peak without precedents” in England and Whales following the British vote in favor of leaving the European Union on June 23 and a referendum campaign, the main theme of which was limiting immigration.

“The hard-earned reputation of our country for tolerance is definitely facing the greatest threat it has seen in decades, with supporters of leaving the EU employing the referendum result to legitimize their points of view,” cautions the report.

Inequalities also exist in the work environment, with individuals with higher education belonging to minorities having two and a half less chances of finding work than whites, according to the report.

Regarding salaries, blacks with post-secondary studies on average paid 23.1% less than whites.

“The combination of a post-Brexit increase in hate crimes and deep ethnic inequalities in the United Kingdom are cause for great concern and must be dealt with the utmost urgency,” declared the President of the commission, David Isaac, in a communiqué.

“If you are black or come from an ethnic minority, you often have the feeling of living in a different world,” he regretted, calling upon the Conservative government of Theresa May to “redouble efforts.”

Theresa May began her premiership with a promise of making Britain a country “that works for everyone.”

A recent House of Commons, Women and Equalities Committee, report highlighting the discrimination that Muslim women face in the workplace. It sheds light on a reality that up till now has too often been ignored.