Tuesday, 05 September 2017 05:53


Commenting on the leaked Home Office paper on proposals to deter EU immigrants, SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford MP said:


“These leaked proposals are a disgrace - these policies as proposed by the Home Office will effectively break up family units. It only exacerbates the uncertainty already experienced by EU citizens who have chosen to make the UK their home.

"This paper serves to placate the Brexiteers and to further destroy any shred of goodwill with our European partners during a crucial time of the exit negotiations.

"It's a further example of the UK government’s one-size-fits all approach to immigration which fails to recognise that immigration is essential to the strength of our economy, as well as adds greatly to our cultural fabric. The registration of EU nationals will only increase the burden on a Home Office that can’t cope with the current system - as evidenced by the recent episode in which 100 deportation notices were mistakenly sent to EU nationals.

"We have already seen from the ONS figures that the hostile language from the UK Government has had an impact on the levels of EU citizens who want to come here. However these proposals which will cement a hostile environment for immigrants will have untold impact.

"Freedom of movement of labour is particularly important to Scotland, to help address skills gaps and deal with an ageing population. We propose a fair, robust and secure immigration system that meets Scotland’s social and economic needs.”

As published in the Guardian this evening: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/sep/05/leaked-document-reveals-uk-brexit-plan-to-deter-eu-immigrants

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