In May 2019, the Communities Secretary, the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP set out the process for establishing a working definition of Islamophobia.
He welcomes the work undertaken by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims to develop a definition but confirmed that the Government will not be adopting their proposed wording.
The APPG proposal defines Islamophobia as “a type of racism”, which is not in line with the definition enshrined in the Equality Act 2010.
The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP states:
“I am deeply concerned at hatred which is directed against British Muslims and others because of their faith or heritage.
That’s why I’m announcing the appointment of 2 experts to work closely with the cross-government Working Group, to thoroughly examine the options available to us that ensures wide-ranging acceptance and will have the positive effect intended.