Responding to the Government’s immigration white paper, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:
"These Conservative immigration plans would bring chaos, not control. Scotland depends on immigration, from our farms to our NHS.
“Every year, tens of thousands of employers would for the first time have to apply for visas – with all the costs, bureaucracy and delay the Home Office specialises in.
“Britain's immigration system isn't broken because of the EU, it's broken because successive Home Secretaries pandered to scare stories and set unrealistic targets.
“The Liberal Democrats demand better. We recognise the huge benefits of immigration and would fix the system so it works for everyone, not least by scrapping the Conservatives’ shameful hostile environment.”