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MP URGES APPLICATIONS AS EU SETTLEMENT DEADLINE APPROACHES

Marion Fellows, MP for Motherwell and Wishaw, has urged EU citizens to make their applications to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) as the deadline approaches on 30 June.

Those who do not apply by the deadline will lose their right to work, healthcare and public funds.

Mrs Fellows is concerned that a high number of looked after children are yet to apply which can cause serious implications for them if the deadline is missed.  

The Scottish Government has provided funding to Citizens Advice Scotland to support EU citizens living in Scotland in applying to the EUSS. Their team of specialist advisors can be contacted on their freephone EU Citizens Support Service helpline, 0800 916 9847.

SNP Parliamentarians have called on the UK Government to extend the deadline and improve the EUSS to ensure those people who have the right to reside are able to do so.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“EU citizens in Motherwell, Wishaw, Bellshill and across Scotland contribute so much to their communities, the economy and our public services. It is essential that all who are eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme apply before the deadline of 30 June so they can continue to make those valued contributions.

“Brexit has created an incredible amount of uncertainty for EU citizens over their lives, careers and families. SNP MPs have called for the deadline to be extended and the scheme to be simplified. But the UK Government has ignored these calls.

“Citizens Advice Scotland are providing support to those who need assistance. I urge all EU citizens who have yet to apply to do so as soon as possible. Scotland is your home and you are welcome here.”E

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Despite voting remain, Scotland has been consistently ignored by the UK Government over single market access throughout the whole Brexit process while Northern Ireland gets the advantage of continued access. Scottish Government compromises have been disregarded and a response hasn’t even been provided.

The Secretary recognises Northern Ireland’s special status, but doesn’t recognise an advantage in it – the epitome of doublespeak.

Only with independence will we actually get a Government making decisions in Scotland’s interests.

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EUROPE MUST INTERVENE ON CATALONIA

A pleasure to hear from Catalan Foreign Affairs Minister, Alfred Bosch, addressing members of the APPG on Catalonia about the situation there.

Human rights are universal, but they are being crushed by the Spanish Government. People are being indiscriminately beaten in the street for demanding their human rights through a democratic vote as their leaders are locked up. European leaders must intervene.

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SCOTLAND “IGNORED” IN BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS

Boris Johnson has announced he has agreed a deal with the EU – but the DUP has stated its position still stands and they will oppose it in a vote.

No matter what happens, what is clear is that every single Brexit deal negotiated by the UK Government has ignored the will of Scotland. England and Wales both voted leave and will get to leave the EU. Northern Ireland voted to remain and will get the benefits of being closer to the EU single market.

Despite voting remain, Scotland has not been offered such a special arrangement. We will be dragged from the EU against our will.

The UK Government does not care about Scotland – our will, people or Parliament. With independence, we can take control of our own futures rather than let Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg decide it for us.

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LABOUR BID TO DITCH DEPUTY SHOWS SORRY STATE OF PARTY

INFIGHTING OVER NATIONAL INTEREST AT TIME OF CRISIS

While the Brexit crisis continues its grip over Westminster politics, the Labour party has turned to infighting over opposing an increasingly reckless right-wing Tory government. 

With just 40 days until the UK is due to leave the EU, Labour’s Momentum faction has moved to oust their deputy leader Tom Watson — who has been one of the few consistent voices on the Labour front bench opposed to Brexit. 

The SNP has said this latest plotting has become characteristic of a Labour party which is incapable of standing up to the Tories on the biggest issue facing the country for decades. 

Commenting, Marion Fellows MP said:

“The Labour party’s failure to stand up to the Tories on Brexit will go down as one of the greatest political misjudgments of all time. 

“Their failure to stand firm against the biggest political risk facing the UK puts our economy and thousands of jobs in peril. 

“These latest manoeuvrings against their anti-Brexit deputy leader show that Labour will always prioritise infighting over the national interest at a time of crisis. 

“Where Jeremy Corbyn has failed to provide opposition, the SNP will continue to fight for what’s best for Scotland.

“That means, unequivocally, stopping Brexit and giving people the right to choose a better future with independence.”

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THE INCREDIBLE SULK

Only yesterday, Boris Johnson compared the UK to the Incredible Hulk. Following discussions with the Prime Minister of Luxembourg – a country of 600,000 people – Boris Johnson clearly wasn’t up to speaking to press. Instead, he turned into the Incredible Sulk and ran off with his tail between his legs.

Boris Johnson is quickly finding out that he can’t bumble his way out of the Brexit mess he has gotten the UK into and it will be his plan to blame the EU. Instead of coming up with a concrete alternative negotiating with EU leader, he has spent much of his time touring the UK to put the Tories on an election footing.

Don’t be fooled. Boris Johnson’s arrogance and sentimental delusion of the UK as some powerful, imperial state is the reason the UK is hurtling towards a no deal Brexit and shortages of food and medicine.

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LABOUR CONSTITUTIONAL SHAMBLES

‘John McDonnell ignores Richard Leonard and keeps independence referendum on the table’

Just like Brexit, with independence Labour are completely incapable of forming any coherent position. With no deal fast approaching, Scottish Labour politicians need to sort it out.

Unless they join the SNP in defending Scotland’s right to hold an independence referendum, they’ll be backing a jobs-wrecking Tory Brexit.

The SNP is clear: Scotland is sovereign and has the right to determine its own future which is as an independent member in the family of European democracies.

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CATALAN MEPs LOCKED OUT

3 Catalan MEPs are being prevented from representing their constituents in the European Parliament. One is imprisoned and two locked out for standing up for democracy.

For the sake of democracy, Catalan MEPs must be allowed to sit, and Catalonia must vote.