Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, has written to Home Secretary, Theresa May, for her to make a commitment to protect the rights of EU citizens currently living and working in the UK.
Following a UK leave vote in the EU referendum, the future of EU nationals in the UK has come into question.
The Home Secretary has been under increasing pressure from SNP MPs to provide assurances that the 173,000 EU citizens in Scotland will be allowed to continue to remain.
In the same, week Marion Fellows and MSP Clare Adamson signed a joint letter to EU nationals living in the Motherwell and Wishaw constituency to provide their reassurances and services.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon received a positive response from EU officials after attending discussions in Brussels recently to discuss Scotland’s continued EU membership and the status of EU nationals.
Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:
“Citizens from the EU have been valuable members of our community since the free movement of people was established. They have taught our children; tended to our sick; built our homes; and grown and harvested our crops. There can be no doubt that they have made immense contributions to our local communities and wider society.
“A shadow of doubt has been cast on the future of these same EU national following a vote to leave the EU. This has created great uncertainty for them and their families, including the children born in the UK.
“The Home Secretary must quell these families’ fears and reassure them that they will have a continued future in Scotland and the UK.
“However, I fear that these families will be used as bargaining chips by the UK Government in their future negotiations to leave the EU to strong-arm other governments.
“Our message to EU nationals in Scotland is clear: you are welcome here.
“The SNP at Holyrood and Westminster are committed to standing up for Scotland. We will do all in our power to make sure the democratic will of the Scottish people is respected; that we remain active and cooperative members of the EU; and that those EU nationals that call Scotland their home can continue to do so.”
European Union Referendum Outcome
We write in the aftermath of the EU referendum, to reassure you that you and your family remain welcome in Scotland and in particular the Motherwell and Wishaw constituency.
We appreciate that this is a worrying and uncertain time, but would like to take this opportunity to make it clear just how much we value the contribution of people from around Europe, who have put down roots in our area and who have made this area a home for their families. This is your home and the social, cultural and economic contribution your presence brings to Motherwell and Wishaw remains deeply valued.
This is our view and it is also the overwhelming view of the Scottish Parliament. Clare Adamson MSP voted for a motion, and spoke in the debate, mandating negotiations to take place between the Scottish Government and international partners. The motion also stated that the Scottish Parliament “affirms to citizens of other EU countries living here that they remain welcome and that their contribution is valued”.
In the British Parliament, Marion Fellows MP has contacted the Home Secretary requesting urgent clarity on the status of EU nationals living in the UK.
While there will be no immediate changes in your circumstances we appreciate there remains great uncertainty over how events will unfold. If you have any issues or concerns you would like to discuss with us please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Marion Fellows MP Clare Adamson MSP