The UK has decided to leave the European Union after its departure from the bloc, paving the way for a rapid rise in the number of people on the verge of homelessness.
The decision is a major blow to a continent struggling to contain the rising tide of homelessness in its midst.
The British government had said the UK would leave the EU, and the referendum result was a significant blow to the UK economy and political class, which had warned that leaving the EU would lead to the end of the European Economic Area (EEA), a system that was supposed to help Europe’s poorest countries.
But Brexit has given a major boost to the likes of the National Front, which has won over the pro-Brexit vote, and nationalist parties such as the Party of Freedom, which are vying for the European Parliament seat held by the Conservative Party.
The nationalist party, whose leader, Geert Wilders, has said that “people from other countries can come to Britain and live there,” has won more than a quarter of the seats in the European parliament, the largest body of parliamentarians.
In the run-up to the vote, Wilders’ party won 11 percent of the vote and is now the third-largest party in parliament, after the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) and the pro -Brexit Liberal Democrats.
The anti-EU party is the third most popular party in Britain, with 11 percent, according to the latest polling by YouGov, the market research firm.
But as a result of the referendum, the number on the brink of homelessness has risen.
Since June 23, the homeless have been counted by the charity Shelter, which said that around 3,000 people were living in temporary accommodation on the streets of London alone.
Around 3,500 have now been counted since the referendum.
“The fact that people are going to the streets on a daily basis to find shelter is shocking,” Shelter’s chief executive, Andrew Wilcox, told Al Jazeera.
“It’s a huge amount of people, and it is not being tackled properly.”
Shelter is calling for a national action plan to tackle the issue.
The Conservative Party, which is the most Eurosceptic of the major parties, is also expected to lose its seats in parliament in next month’s election.
A number of other parties are also likely to suffer electoral losses in the election, with the anti-immigration party, Britain First, likely to lose seats in England, Wales and Scotland.
“Our message to the Labour Party is that we are all in this together and that we will continue to fight for a fair, just and tolerant society,” Wilcox said.
“If the Tories and the Conservatives’ friends in Westminster are serious about tackling homelessness, then we must make sure that this is addressed and that those who are in need of our help are given it.”
The UK economy has suffered from a downturn in the past year, and many of the homeless, many of whom are women and children, have become increasingly homeless.
According to the homelessness charity Shelter UK, around one in five people are on the waitlist for housing in London.
The numbers are rising rapidly in the capital, with shelters being overwhelmed and with people struggling to get on a train, bus or plane to and from work.
Many people are staying in their homes, waiting for the next wave of homelessness to arrive.
Many of those living on the street are not homeless at all, and have been living there for years, according, the Shelter UK report.
They are living in cars, cars, taxis and buses, sleeping in the street and on the pavement, waiting to find somewhere to live, Wilcox added.
The number of homeless people in the UK has doubled in just the past decade, according the British National Homeless charity, which tracks the situation on the ground.
In recent years, the numbers have increased dramatically.
In 2014, the total number of homelessness cases in the country was estimated at almost 10,000, according Shelter.
In 2017, the figure rose to more than 30,000.