Friday, 27 May 2016 06:24

Robertson blasts Osborne on deportation

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SNP Westminster Leader Angus Robertson MP has blasted George Osborne for his response in Prime Minister’s Questions on a young Australian family in the Highlands facing deportation.

Angus Robertson MP called on the Chancellor to look again at the case of seven year old Lachlan Brain who attends the Gaelic-medium Primary School in Dingwall and his family, who are facing deportation by the Home Office next Tuesday, despite them arriving as part of a Scottish Government initiative, backed by the Home Office, to attract people to live and work in the region.  

The SNP Westminster Leader called on the Chancellor to urgently look again at the case. SNP MP Patrick Grady also raised the issue, and highlighted his constituents from overseas who have been unable to get visas, residency or citizenship in Scotland.
Immigration law for Scotland is reserved to the UK Parliament.

Commenting, Angus Robertson MP said:

“George Osborne's response was shameful and frankly not good enough – he clearly had no knowledge of the Brain family and their plight despite the case being front-page news in Scotland and SNP MPs repeatedly raising it in Parliament. "

“Appeals have been made to the Home Secretary to allow the Brain family to stay. There have been interventions by the First Minister, by the local MP, by the local MSP, by community members.
"The problem of the Highlands has not been unwanted immigration it has been emigration. Even at this late stage will the Chancellor, the Home Secretary and Government look again at this case and let the Brain family stay in the Highlands?
"Cases like this along with Westminster decisions such as scrapping the Post Study Work Visa - an arrangement which has overwhelming support from every corner in Scotland, including the Scottish Conservatives  - makes it extremely difficult for Scotland to remain an attractive destination for the brightest and best from around the world.

"The SNP will always work for a fair, robust and secure immigration system that meets Scotland's social and economic needs."


With just days to go, Brain family’s case to remain in Scotland wins airing on TV: