EU Citizens Urged to stay in West Lothian
Fiona Hyslop MSP: “You will always be welcome in Scotland”
SNP MSP Fiona Hyslop has made an impassioned plea to EU citizens living in West Lothian to stay in Scotland amid ongoing Brexit uncertainty.
This week First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, made a commitment to EU citizens that Scotland remains their home – promising to continue making a strong case for their rights to be protected in any EU exit scenario.
Fiona Hyslop has previously written to the thousands of EU citizens in her constituency following a successful campaign to push the UK government to scrap the £65 “settled status” fee.
“It is important to make clear that EU citizens will always remain welcome in West Lothian and I will continue to do all I can to help them stay in Scotland.
“It’s wrong for the UK government to oblige EU citizens who have built their lives in Scotland, and who contribute massively to our economy and communities, to apply for the continued right to remain in their own homes.
“With absolutely no clarity from Westminster, this announcement from the First Minister will provide welcome support for EU citizens in across Scotland.
“I’d like to urge anyone who has issues or concerns about this to make use of the EU Nationals Support Services the Scottish Government has established with Citizens Advice Scotland.”
Notes for editor:
The SNP leader has written an open letter to EU citizens to confirm a new ‘Stay in Scotland’ package that will consist of:
- £250,000 for community based support across Scotland
- a support and advice service for EU citizens with more complex needs or particular challenges
- a toolkit for employers, including posters, factsheets, digital content and guide directing EU citizens to further guidance