Britain should leave the EU to save thousands of Bangladeshi curry houses from closing, industry bosses said today.
Up to five restaurants are closing every week due to the UK’s ‘biased’ immigration policy that puts strict rules on businesses wanting to employ migrants from outside the European Union.
Pasha Khandaker President of the Bangladesh Caterers Association (BCA), said the EU’s freedom of movement rules had led to the UK Government introducing crippling limits on non-EU workers, which had made it much harder for curry businesses to recruit skilled chefs.
Up to five restaurants are closing every week due to the UK’s ‘biased’ immigration policy that puts strict rules on businesses wanting to employ migrants from outside the European Union
He said Britain must leave the EU so it did not have to discriminate against non-EU migrants.
Mr Khandaker also slammed the ‘double standards’ in the UK’s immigration policy where ‘JP Morgan can bring in skilled people from outside [the EU] but not small businesses.
Other Bangladeshi restaurant owners criticised crippling EU red tape, such as restrictions in providing takeaway services.
Employment minister Priti Patel, one of the leading Brexit campaigners, is planning a ‘Save the British Curry Day’ next month to highlight the strain the EU is putting on the industry.
The EU’s freedom of movement rules allow 500 million European citizens to move freely to find work across the 28 member states.
With more than 300,000 more migrants coming to the UK than the number of people leaving, the UK Government has been forced to put controls on non-EU migrants.
Employment minister Priti Patel (pictured) one of the leading Brexit campaigners, is planning a ‘Save the British Curry Day’ next month to highlight the strain the EU is putting on the industry.
Higher minimum salary thresholds and strict criteria on who businesses can employ have been introduced.
The minimum salary that a non-EU migrant has to earn has nearly doubled – from £17,000 to at least £30,000 – placing crippling costs on curry houses struggling to absorb the extra costs.
Mr Khandaker said Britain must leave the EU to reduce the need for immigration controls on skilled migrants from outside the EU.
He told the Today programme: ‘We’ve been told by the British ministers to employ European Union peoples but the European Union peoples – we welcome them, especially we’ve got some people who are interested to work from Romania and Bulgaria.
‘But they’ve never stayed, I don’t blame them. There’s a language problem, cultural problem and mainly the smell problem for them is bad – they can’t stand the curry smell.
‘So where can I get these people from? If JP Morgan can bring in skilled people from outside, or big brother’s can do it, why not for the small business? Why’s there double standards in the immigration policy?
He added: ‘We should leave the European Union because [it] is creating many pressures – especially for the migration, we could have a better migration, better skilled people from abroad [and] we have to give a chance to everybody in this world who is fit for the job [and] not for their colour, not for their geographical identify.’
Calling for voters to back Brexit to help save Britain’s curry industry, Ms Patel said: ‘Uncontrolled immigration from the EU has led to tougher controls on migrants from the rest of the world.
‘This means that we cannot bring in the talents and the skills we need to support our economy.
‘By voting to leave we can take back control of our immigration policies, save our curry houses and join the rest of the world.’
Source – https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3610331/Bangladeshi-curry-house-bosses-call-voters-Brexit-save-thousands-restaurants-closing.html