MANCHESTER – Unemployed young people in Britain must “get on their bikes” and join “gorgeous EU women” working in English farms, a Conservative MP told the Conservative party conference on Sunday.
South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay told a fringe event at the party’s Autumn conference in Manchester that British people should in future fill the jobs vacated by European workers after Brexit.
“I was struggling to think why wouldn’t a youngster from Glasgow without a job come down to the south to work for a farm for the summer with loads of gorgeous EU women working there?” Mackinlay said on Monday.
“What’s not to like? Get on your bike and find a job.”
Mackinlay said there was a “moral hazard” about current immigration rules which allowed EU citizens to leave their country to find work.
However, he said in future that British people should have the same attitude to finding work across the UK as low-skilled workers do from elsewhere in Europe.
“We need to mobilise our core of unemployed to say there is a job there for me, let’s go and get it just as the very well motivated Bucharest youngster gets a coach across Europe to find a job,” he said.
Listen to Craig Mackinlay talk about unemployed Brits
Mackinlay won his seat in Kent following a close battle with former UKIP leader Nigel Farage. Mackinlay faces trial next May relating to his expenses for that election.