Date lodged: 19 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding residency for EU citizens in Scotland.
Answered by: Graeme Dey 26 September 2018
The Scottish Government values the contribution that the 235,000 EU citizens in Scotland make to our economy and the diversity they bring to our communities. Our priority is ensuring that those EU Citizens who have chosen to make Scotland their home are able to keep the rights they currently have.
In June, the Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs Fiona Hyslop and Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Finance Mark Drakeford wrote a joint letter to the Home Secretary setting out our shared concerns around the EU Settlement Scheme and the need to urgently provide clarity to EU citizens about their rights. Last month, Mr Macpherson met with the UK Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes, to highlight these concerns and reiterate our argument that EU citizens should not have to pay to apply to retain rights they already have. While this Government fundamentally disagrees with the UK Government’s policy on this issue we have reiterated our willingness to work collaboratively to safeguard the interests of EU citizens in Scotland.