Monday, 11 February 2019 14:12


The SNP has welcomed the news that the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) have backed a tailored immigration policy for Scotland.

The FSB are expected to warn the Commons Scottish Affairs Committee tomorrow (Tuesday) that the proposed immigration system by the Tory government will fail to meet the needs of Scotland’s business community, as well as asking the UK government to re-think its damaging immigration proposals in the White Paper. The FSB will also make the case for an immigration policy specific to Scotland.

The intervention by the FSB confirms that Scotland’s immigration needs differ from the UK as a whole and, as such, require a tailored policy that will accommodate the distinct demographic and skill shortage needs of Scottish businesses.

Businesses and employers have warned that Tory plans would make the recruitment of workers at all skill levels significantly more difficult, harming Scotland’s economy and communities.  

Commenting, Tommy Sheppard MP, who sits on the Committee, said:

“The UK government is out of step with Scotland on a whole range of issues, but its isolationist immigration policy and Brexit negotiations have had a detrimental impact on Scotland’s economy, businesses and jobs.

“The intervention from the FSB is the latest in a long list of those warning about the Tories’ proposed changes to immigration policy, and yet further evidence that this one-size-fits-no-one approach to immigration could hit businesses across Scotland.

“The UK government decision to scrap the post-study work visa, against the overwhelming support for the scheme in Scotland, is just one example of why immigration policy made in Westminster does not meet our bespoke demands.

“The argument for immigration powers to be fully devolved to the Scottish Government is clearer now than ever before. Scotland must be able to implement its own immigration policy, tailored to best suit its social and economic needs.”

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