British candidate for EP elections resigns over “Romanian pickpockets” statements

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Ali Sadjady,a British politician, running for an MEP seat on behalf of the new centrist party Change UK has resigned shortly after the start of the electoral campaign following controversial statements over “Romanian pickpockets”, The Independent reported.

A former Tory and a martial arts fighter, Ali Sadjady was accused of joining in “hate speech” against EU citizens after a series of controversial tweets where he had said he was tempted to support Brexit if it stopped Romanian pickpockets coming to the UK, and suggested that advocates of a second referendum did not “believe in democracy”.

When I hear that 70% of pick pockets caught on the London Underground are Romanian it kind makes me want Brexit,” Sadjady had said in a tweet from November 2017.

In another previous controversial tweet dating back to the aftermath of the EU referendum, Sadjady said: “Brexit is like dumping your girlfriend because she’s expensive and high maintenance and then realizing [sic] she’s pretty hot.”

On Tuesday evening a spokesperson for Change UK said: “Following discussions, Ali Sadjady has reflected on his inappropriate tweet from 2017 and agreed to stand down from the list of potential candidates.” Sadjady has also locked his social media account from public view.

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