Hundreds of restaurants across the country came together to take part in Vote Leave’s Save The British Curry Day to highlight the plight of curry houses. Curry house owners, MPs, Lord’s and Vote Leave supporters all took part in the action day.
Prominent Parliamentarian’s such as Iain Duncan Smith, Lord Cavendish, Lord Blencathra, Jonathon Lord MP, Gordon Henderson MP among others took part in the Save our Curry Day event.
The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith visited Est India in London along with local supporters to lend his support to the cause.
“This is a serious issue. There are 600 curry restaurants closing down because owners can’t get the right skilled workers to come in.”
With between 3 to 5 UK curry houses closing down each week despite contributing £4 billion to the British economy each year, organisers commented that the aim of the day was to highlight the shortage of qualified staff due to ‘the EU’s biased immigration policy’. Campaigners believe that whilst the UK remains in the EU, the UK has ‘no control over our borders’, meaning the country as a whole cannot prioritise the skills required to fulfil job roles – such as the trained tandoori chefs our curry houses need to serve up delicious dishes.
Commenting on the Curry Day, Pasha Khandaker of the Bangladesh Caterers Association said:
‘It is great to see Vote Leave highlighting the the struggle faced by British curry houses up and down the country. We look forward to 24th June, where once we Vote Leave we can take back control of our own immigration policy and welcome skilled workers into Britain under a fairer, more humane immigration policy.’