The SNP will hold a parliamentary vote on the Government’s decision to take back control of immigration after Brexit. The non-binding vote demands Prime Minister Boris Johnson devolve powers on immigration to the Scottish Government to create a Scottish visa or Scottish migration system.
Nicola Sturgeon’s party will also push for an extension to the EU settlement scheme that gives EU nationals the right to remain in the UK after Brexit.
Now Britons have hit back at the SNP’s fresh attack on Brexit with many urging the Prime Minister to “defund” the devolved assemblies.
One Express.co.uk reader said: “[Ian] Blackford, a shameless individual who’s irrelevant.
“He’s a disgrace to Scotland as are the thieving SNP.
“Defund devolved assemblies.”
Someone else said: “Jesus Christ how long do these EU immigrants need?
“They’ve known about the deadline date for yonks.”
Another person simply said: “SNP butt kissing the EU again.”
While a fourth reader commented: “The SNP can’t seize control of anything with the conservative majority.”
A fifth person said: “And once Scotland’s ‘visitors’ arrive in Scotland, where do you think they will actually end up?
“They will cease to be Scotland’s problem and become Englands…..as usual!”
Another echoed: “WE are more than willing to help the SNP out. From today all illegals arriving in the UK will be sent to Scotland.
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“They will only be able to reside and work in Scotland though.”
Someone else commented: “Perhaps we should stop free movement from Scotland.
“Also stop free money from London.”
The deadline for the EU settlement scheme was June 30 with the Home Office refusing to extend the official application time.
Ministers said anyone who made a late application would be unlikely to face penalisation and would be given time to submit the necessary paperwork.
The SNP has argued thousands could have slipped through the net and be at risk of deportation.
SNP shadow home secretary Stuart McDonald said: “The UK is rapidly heading towards another Tory Windrush scandal, as thousands of EU citizens face losing their right to live and work in the UK.
“It’s essential that there is an emergency extension to the EU Settlement Scheme – or better still the deadline should be scrapped altogether and EU citizens living in the UK should be given automatic indefinite leave to remain as they were originally promised.
“Boris Johnson has repeatedly broken his word – and he will bear the ultimate responsibility if thousands of EU citizens end up losing their rights.”
Despite the SNP’s claims, more than six million people have been granted settled status under the scheme, far more than the 3.5 million EU nationals who were thought to be living in Britain.
Tonight’s debate on the EU settlement scheme is one of two motions put forward by the SNP.
The party will also hold a debate on the pandemic to call on “the Government immediately to commence the COVID-19 public inquiry”.