Jardine: Immigration vital to all of UK

Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Christine Jardine MP today dismissed a Scottish Government commissioned report on immigration as too narrow and failing to recognise the UK-wide nature of the issue.

The SNP government commissioned report by the Expert Advisory Group on Migration and Population warns of acute skills shortages and examines how other countries' systems operate.

But Jardine hit out:

"This is yet another example of the SNP trying to use a serious issue to make an argument for independence rather than trying to solve the problem.

"When I was on the Scottish Affairs Committee we looked at this issue in depth and it became clear to me that it affects sectors across the UK rather than geographical areas. 

"Scotland does depend on, and get huge benefits from, immigration, from our farms to our NHS. But so does the rest of the UK.

"We need to make sure that system is improved to work for everyone, to encourage people with skills to come here and contribute to our economy.

"A vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Brexit and build a better immigration system that will ensure employers can recruit the staff they need.

"We need to fix the system for the whole country, rather than entertain SNP ploys to divide the UK and create new borders."


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