While the official Vote Leave campaign is saying it will cut immigration from outside the EU, it is also secretly telling British voters of Asian origin it will allow in more migrants from those countries.
A few weeks ago, the Financial Times revealed that Vote Leave campain was drawing up leaflets aimed at British Punjabi, Hindu and Urdu speakers that Brexit would stem the flow of European immigrants into Britain, allowing more from south Asia to come in.
Saqib Bhatti, a board member of Vote Leave, told the FT that leaflets were also being drawn up specifically for British Muslims.
In the same vein, Priti Patel MP, a prominent Brexiteer, told curry houses last week they were being starved of high-quality chefs because government immigration policy was “biased” towards the EU.
But all this was exposed as a sham over the weekend.
On Sunday, ITV’s Robert Peston asked Michael Gove straight out:
Peston: You would reduce immigration from outside the EU and inside the EU to tens of thousands.
Michael Gove: Yes.
Vote Leave want total immigration to be reduced to tens of thousands, which would require drastic cuts to immigration from south Asia, not an increase.
That would make it harder for hospitals to recruit doctors and for curry houses to recruit chefs.
It would also mean much tougher rules for Britons marrying and re-uniting with non-Britons back in the UK.
— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) June 5, 2016
In other words, Tories on the Vote Leave campaign are saying one thing to white Britons and the complete opposite to non-white Britons.
They should be ashamed of such tactics.