UK Government Must Deliver as Holyrood Backs Flexible Migration Deal

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Tuesday November 14 2017

The UK government is under pressure to deliver a flexible migration system after Brexit – after the Scottish Parliament voted in favour of a differentiated system for Scotland.

The Leave campaign promised that Scotland would receive powers over immigration after Brexit – with Michael Gove saying that levels of immigration would be “for Scotland to decide”.

Scottish Government analysis has found that without future EU migration Scotland’s working age population would decline by 3% over the next 25 years, threatening the sustainability of public services.

Separate analysis has found that the economic contribution of EU citizens in Scotland is worth more than £4.4 billion a year.

Commenting, SNP MSP Mairi Gougeon said:

“Theresa May and her hard-Brexiteer colleagues are obsessed with closing the door to immigrants, no matter the damage.

“The UK government’s reckless plans risk damage to our public services and our economy – we are already seeing valued doctors and nurses leave the UK.

“We need an immigration system that reflects Scotland’s unique circumstances.

“The Scottish Parliament has spoken – and the UK government must deliver.”



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