Responding to today's report by the think tank British Future which called on Theresa May to give EU citizens in the UK before Brexit the right to stay permanently, Scottish Liberal Democrat Europe spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:
“The report from British Future shows the right thing to do now is offer permanent residency to those EU citizens who have made Britain their home. People must not be used as bargaining chips in the negotiations.
“In the summer I wrote to EU citizens in my constituency to let them know that we value people who work hard and contribute to Shetland. It just does not matter where they come from.
“With Christmas coming up its essential that EU citizens in the UK know that their home will still be their home whatever happens with Theresa May’s chaotic Brexit.
"I hope this report makes the UK Government change its position and offer these people long-term security just in time for Christmas.”