first_imgMeanwhile, Patel has been actively campaigning for the Leave camp, travelling to rallies around the country.She has highlighted the pressure on British public services as a result of uncontrolled EU migration and stressed that it is not “racist” to speak out about that.She said: “I dont subscribe to this view that it is racist to speak about immigration and I say that as a daughter or immigrants from decades ago. Our job is to articulate and represent the concerns of the British public ? and we should be doing that whatever our backgrounds are.”The Gujarati-origin Conservative Party MP has in the past made specific reference to Indian students, sports men and women and priests who are blocked from the UK due to rules that “discriminate against our Commonwealth friends”.She said: “As the Prime Ministers UK-India Diaspora Champion, I have heard the heartbreaking stories from families up and down the country where relatives from India who they have not seen for years have been unable to come here for a special occasion.”I have also seen the cases of Kabaddi players struggling to get permission to play in the UK and showcase their sport. Temples and gurdwaras face uphill battles securing visas for priests. Students who want to study in the UK ? some of the brightest and best from around the Commonwealth ? are being put off… How can it be right that our membership of the EU can lead to, sportsmen, chefs, and students facing restrictions, and families being left divided.advertisement”Byvotingtoleavethe EU, we can take back control over our borders and immigration policy.”The campaign for the referendum on both sides is now gathering momentum after it was officially launched last week. PTI AK SAIlast_img

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