3. Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights arriving at news conference
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Nils Muiznieks, Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights:
"The debate surrounding Brexit was very scary because you had racist rhetoric about migrants and migration from the highest political levels in the UK months ago. We wrote a long memorandum to the UK government on this, on migration policy but specifically on the language that they are using, which is very stigmatizing towards migrants. But then in the run-up to the referendum itself, the last two months in particular, you had a huge spike in hate speech."
5. Close-up of pen in Muiznieks' hand
6. Journalist at news conference
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Nils Muiznieks, Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights:
"And what did it lead to? It lead to a huge spike in hate crimes and hate incidents right after the referendum. So words matter. Discourse matters. It sends signals of what is acceptable and what is not acceptable behaviour and we saw In the UK the consequence of this discourse which got out of control. And my concern is it sent a signal to right-wing populists all over Europe about the ease which with one can manipulate this discourse for political gain."