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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11531: Adam Tomkins (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 26 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, prior to its announcement of support for what it called Catalonia’s right to self-determination and to call a referendum, what consideration it gave to the implications of this position for the 9,000 Spanish citizens who live, work and study in Scotland.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 24 October 2017

The Scottish Government has called for dialogue between the Spanish and Catalan governments to identify a way forward which complies with the rule of law but also respects democracy and allows the people of Catalonia to choose their own future.

The Scottish Government has repeatedly made clear that it values the contribution of Spanish citizens living, working and studying in Scotland. We believe the rights of EU citizens should always be protected. This is further demonstrated by our consistent calls for the rights of EU citizens and their families in Scotland to be protected during Brexit negotiations to ensure they can continue to make a strong contribution to our country.