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The UK Independence Party (UKIP) leadership candidate, John Rees-Evans proposes to reduce “unnecessary population” by paying British Indians to leave the UK using the £12bn funds from the vital foreign aid budget.
Under the proposed scheme he wants to remove a million people every year using the foreign aid budget. The scheme would give dual-nationals £9,000 plus healthcare benefits to “return to their country of origin”, reported Daily Mirror.
Scheme Will Create Jobs in UK
He used examples of Indians and Tanzanians, to claim that his scheme would “create jobs in this country, reduce unnecessary population and reduce the strain on infrastructure in Britain.”
“We’ve got a lot of talented people, originally from Commonwealth countries, in our country who know how to run businesses who’d be perfectly capable of establishing trading relationships in their country of origin,” he said.
Talking about the “fast-track” scheme Evans said, “We would reduce the cost of living in this country and we’d incentivise people who are not doing particularly well in this country to leave and return to their country where they can create a thriving business and improve our lives here in Britain.”
This is not the first time Rees-Evans, one of the eleven candidates in the running for UKIP leadership role has given a controversial statement. In 2014 he accused, ‘a gay donkey of trying to rape his horse.’ He received huge backlash for his anti-gay comments.
“Luckily this ridiculous idea from the fourth placed favorite candidate of a party clearly on the skids which smacks of attention-grabbing desperation is going nowhere,” Indian-origin Labour MP Rupa Huq said speaking to Daily Mirror.
But Rees-Evans, unfazed by the criticism told supporters, “It’s not going to be draconian, it’s not going to be fascist. I’m not interested in using eugenics or any evil things like that,” reported Daily Mirror.