For future prosperity post-Brexit Scotland will need a tailor-made deal to manage its own migration, said a cross-party Scottish parliamentary committee on Monday
Tasked with looking at the impact of migration on Scotland the committee backed the stance of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Scotland voted to keep EU membership while the UK as a whole voted to leave. The ruling Scottish National Party has warned that another secession vote has to be an option if its views are not respected. Scots rejected independence in a 2014 vote.
The committee, backed by elected lawmakers from across the political spectrum said that Scotland’s population decline, a source of concern for decades, has been reversed in recent years by young migrants arriving from other EU countries and settling down.
The committee believes … that there are acute risks to Scotland of a loss of the existing EU migrants or a decline in future migration,” it said, citing evidence of the importance of EU migrants to a range of economic sectors.
This leads us to conclude that there has to be a bespoke – or differentiated – solution for immigration policy in Scotland in the future. This should be fully explored by the Scottish government and raised by it in its discussions with the UK and other devolved administrations.
Brexit Scotland different from the other UK regions
Scotland’s pro-independence devolved government has been seeking a separate agreement on immigration and the economy within Brexit, arguing that it is very different from other parts of the UK.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has said, however, that her negotiating priorities for Brexit include limiting immigration and ending single market membership — something Scotland wants to keep.
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