A PROSPECTIVE parliamentary candidate for the Brexit Party, who is contesting the Tottenham seat, is urging black voters to get behind his party.
Abdul Turay will be contesting the seat for the Brexit Party against Labour’s David Lammy.
While acknowledging that many black Britons may not have considering voting for the party, which was only formed in January this year, north Londoner Turay says that to ignore it in favour of one of the three mainstream parties would be a serious mistake.
He told The Voice he had supported Britain remaining in the EU until witnessing the aftermath of the 2016 referendum.
Turay said: “I have seen the way the EU and the political elites have behaved since Britain voted to leave and I now realise the EU is a flawed project which is fundamentally undemocratic in nature. The EU has been hijacked by big corporations, political elites like David Lammy and billionaires who are using it to exploit and control the lives of ordinary working people.”
“Britain turned its back on the Commonwealth when we joined the European Union. We now have a chance to rebuild historic ties with our friends.”
He continued: “The European Union was built for the benefit of European people. It was not built for the benefit of Caribbean, African or Asian people.
“We came to Britain from the Commonwealth not from Europe. My own family was part of the Windrush Generaion who settled here Britain joined the European Community, as it was then. But Britain turned its back on the Commonwealth when it joined Europe.
“It turned its back on us. We must leave this corrupt club. How does staying in the EU even benefit black people?”
Turay was born in Chelmsford in 1967 and raised in Camden Town.
After leaving University, Turay moved to Asia and worked on newspapers in Hong Kong and Taiwan. He returned to the UK just before the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997 and worked in the British Civil Service.
In 2013 Turay was elected to Tallinn City Council. As well as his native English Turay speaks Estonian and some Mandarin Chinese.
He said: “Remain means someone who wants to come to the mother country from Jamaica or Nigeria, who can quote Shakespeare or play cricket has to line up, whereas someone from Romania or Bulgaria who can barely speak English can just waltz in.
“If you vote for the Brexit Party, you are voting for the Commonwealth. You are voting for our country to invest in, trade with and give preferential treatment to people from those countries with which Britain has has historical ties. If you vote for David Lammy or any Remain candidate you are voting for Europe. It really is that simple. “