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Meanwhile beeb Scotland routinely ignore/downplay the genuine threat that no deal/rotten deal/all deals bar Norway-style arrangements pose to Scotland’s public services (NHS Scotland and Health+Care Partnerships in the vanguard) and to Scotland’s economy. Fortunately the SNP Scottish Govt are taking every opportunity to push hard on the in-migration issue and will continue to do so in the face of Westminster intransigence. Link and snippets below): (I heard on beeb Scotland this morning that senior figures at Whitehall have been flagging up concerns regarding the UK Govt reluctance to recognise the public demos in favour of Indyref and – more tellingly – the shifting polling evidence becoming available from Scotland. When the Man From The Ministry is forced to take notice history shows us that Scotland can acquire further important powers towards our ultimate goal of Indy – Provided we stay focussed and disciplined – Everybody resident in Scotland Please Note – Over the next 25 years ALL Scotland’s population growth is projected to derive from MIGRATION).
Migration Minister Ben Macpherson has called for the scrapping of a requirement that EU citizens live in the UK for five years before being eligible for settled status.
Mr Macpherson has written to Home Office Minister Brandon Lewis arguing the move will better protect the rights of EU citizens.
EU citizens who want to remain legally resident in the UK after Brexit have to apply through the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme.
But those who have lived in the UK for less than five years are eligible only for pre-settled status, which does not give them or their children a guaranteed permanent right to remain.
Home Office statistics show 37% of EU citizens applying to stay in the UK have been granted pre-settled status.
Over the next 25 years all Scotland’s population growth is projected to come from migration because of falling birth rates and an ageing population.
The independent Expert Advisory Group on Migration and Population warned UK Government immigration plans could reduce migration by up to 50 per cent in Scotland.