TORIES BYPASS SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT ON KEY MIGRATION ISSUES

UK GOVERNMENT CANNOT BE TRUSTED TO STAND UP FOR SCOTLAND’S INTERESTS

 

The UK government has bypassed the Scottish Government over an investigation into EU and EEA migration in the latest example of the Tories running roughshod over Scottish interests in the Brexit process.

 

The information was revealed in a series of written questions from SNP MSP Linda Fabiani – which showed that the UK Government did not consult the Scottish Government on the remit of the Migration Advisory Committee’s investigation into EU and EEA migration, despite the importance of this issue to Scotland’s economy.

 

Serious questions have been raised around Tory priorities in recent weeks, after they promised a further crackdown on international students despite it being revealed that the UK government knew the figures they were using to justify a crackdown were inaccurate.

 

It was also revealed last week that there is a shortage of workers in key sectors due to the Tories’ damaging Brexit plans. This follows Tory minister Michael Gove promising last year that Scotland would have control over immigration in the event of Brexit, and the UK government promising to seek the agreement of all UK administrations – neither of which have been achieved.

 

Commenting, SNP MSP Linda Fabiani said:

 

“Immigration is a vital issue for Scotland’s future – with the immense contribution that migrants make to our economy and society helping to drive population growth and boost jobs across the country.

 

“For the Tories to commission this investigation into EU and EEA migration without consulting the Scottish Government over its remit is worrying and leaves us once again reacting to Tory policies rather than being able to shape policies to meet Scotland’s own circumstances.

 

“Michael Gove promised last year that Scotland would have powers over immigration after Brexit, but now his government isn’t even willing to involve the Scottish Government in shaping remits of investigations on this issue. It’s not good enough.

 

“The Tories have presided over an utter shambles of an immigration system – removing the post-study work visa despite claiming to support highly-skilled immigration, refusing to provide EU nationals with the right to remain in the UK post-Brexit, and sending letters in error telling people living and working in the UK that they faced detention and deportation – as well as causing a shortage of workers in key industries because of their dangerous Brexit plans.

 

“And just last week we saw yet again how these policies were impacting on people’s lives after it emerged they were using shoddy figures that they knew weren’t true to justify their immigration policies. They simply cannot be trusted to decide what is best for Scotland.

 

“It is time for these powers to be devolved so that Scotland can take its own decisions over immigration and asylum.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes:

 

25 August 2017

Index Heading: Constitution and External Affairs

Linda Fabiani (East Kilbride) (Scottish National Party): To ask the Scottish Government what representation (a) it, (b) its agencies and (c) other Scottish bodies have on the Migration Advisory Committee.

 

S5W-10648

 

Alasdair Allan:

The Scottish Government, our agencies and other Scottish bodies are not represented on the Migration Advisory Committee.

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT

 

 

25 August 2017

Index Heading: Constitution and External Affairs

Linda Fabiani (East Kilbride) (Scottish National Party): To ask the Scottish Government whether the UK Government has asked it to provide input to the Home Office regarding that department’s representation on the Migration Advisory Committee.

 

S5W-10649

 

Alasdair Allan:

The UK Government has not asked the Scottish Government to provide input to the Home Office regarding Home Office representation on the Migration Advisory Committee.

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT

 

 

25 August 2017

Index Heading: Constitution and External Affairs

Linda Fabiani (East Kilbride) (Scottish National Party): To ask the Scottish Government what consultation the UK Government had with it or its agencies prior to commissioning the Migration Advisory Committee to carry out an investigation into EU and EEA migration.

 

S5W-10651

 

Alasdair Allan:

The Scottish Government was not consulted prior to the UK Government commissioning the Migration Advisory Committee to carry out an investigation into EU and EEA migration.

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT

 

 

25 August 2017

Index Heading: Constitution and External Affairs

Linda Fabiani (East Kilbride) (Scottish National Party): To ask the Scottish Government what consultation the UK Government had with it or its agencies regarding the remit of the Migration Advisory Committee to investigate EU and EEA migration.

 

S5W-10652

 

Alasdair Allan:

The Scottish Government was not consulted by the UK Government regarding the Migration Advisory Committee’s remit to investigate EU and EEA migration.

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-36515897

 

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/aug/24/pressure-grows-for-immigration-targets-to-exclude-foreign-students

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