Wednesday, 12 June 2019 11:57


The SNP has demanded the Tories deliver a flexible immigration system in Scotland, after a Tory MSP admitted that UK government plans would present “real difficulties” for the economy.

In a column for the Scotsman, Murdo Fraser explains why Scotland needs a flexible immigration system, saying that we have “an ageing population and a lower birth rate than the rest of the UK.”  
This is only the latest instance of the Tories explaining why Scotland needs a different immigration system than the rest of the UK – only to then oppose Scotland having powers over immigration.
SNP MSP Annabelle Ewing said:
“Murdo Fraser is making the case for Scotland taking these powers into our own hands, but the Tories are tying themselves in knots trying to explain why they want flexibility, without delivering flexibility.
“Scotland needs the ability to grow our population – and if the Tories really agree with that, it’s time they got on with giving us the powers to do so.
“But the reality is Ruth Davidson backs a hard Brexit, wants to end freedom of movement, and backs the hardliner Sajid Javid for Prime Minister.
“As always, the Scottish Tories try to distance themselves from their toxic colleagues in Westminster but ultimately fall into line.
“This approach towards immigration is not just offensive, it’s bad for Scotland – both now and in terms of our future prosperity.
“Scotland must be given the choice of a different future, one in which we are not dictated to by governments we don’t vote for.”

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