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Brexit Is Killing the Great British Curry House

Somewhere in the country one more closes every day, as falling immigration squeezes staff and and a weak pound drives up costs. 

Rice, curries and Indian food at the Indo Indian restaurant in Chobham, U.K.
Photographer: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Syed Joynu was in for a rude shock on a September morning when he walked into Indos—the curry house he owns just outside London. It was already 10:30 a.m. and not a single employee had turned up.

Distraught, he called four of his Romanian staff. Nobody responded. Two others, who also quit their jobs the same day without any notice, later told him the Romanians had already left the country for good, and soon thereafter, Joynu, 62, was forced to shut down the business that earned more than 400,000 pounds ($500,000) a year.