By ANISAH ARIF

As the countdown begins to leave EU, it has led many questioning the future of the country.

Since Theresa May deal for Brexit was voted down in Parliament which led to a historic defeat, the public have been left distraught.

Bradford, which has one of the biggest Pakistani communities in the UK, surprisingly voted Leave in the Brexit referendum when it took place in 2016. (54.2%)

Now, residents fear for the upcoming fate of their lives, in the run up to the UK leaving the EU on March 29th 2019.

At this unprecedented time of political and economic instability, many mosques, across the country, included a message of Hope and Unity in their Friday sermons:

Local Imam Qari Asim, Chair of Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) said: “Following recent developments with the Brexit discussions, we know there is increased uncertainty and heightened concerns about what the future might hold in our communities. Even within our own community there is difference of opinion on this matter. Regardless of whether you voted leave or remain, people are passionate about this issue and the strength of feeling has continued to build since the referendum. At times like this it is very easy to become fearful about what happens next and how things may develop; it is easy to become intolerant of the ‘other’ but hope lies in our capacity to approach Brexit with optimism, in a spirit of openness towards each other.

“Let us remember Britain is a diverse and welcoming country, and historically has dealt with democratic processes and challenges well. It is vital that we continue to come together as a community and understand our role as citizens of the UK. While there is uncertainty, much has not changed. Our faith in democracy continues and through the important networks we have, whether that be our family, friends or mosque we have a duty to support each other.”

“I have absolute confidence that hope, optimism, shared values and a commitment to one another will help heal our hearts, and bridge gaps in our homes, neighbourhoods and the country.”

For the first time since taking on the job of delivering Brexit, Theresa May invited leaders of opposition parties and senior parliamentarians from across Westminster to discuss their preferred outcomes. She was snubbed by Jeremy Corbyn after she refused to rule out a no-deal withdrawal.

MP Imran Hussain voted for Labour’s motion of no confidence in the government and voted against the government’s Brexit deal.

The PM will publish a new plan on Monday with a full debate and key vote scheduled for Tuesday, 29 January.