Speaking to reporters Alister Jack, Secretary of State for Scotland, warned that the current
immigration plans would pose a real challenge to tourism, hospitality and agricultural sectors in
Scotland. Whilst the Secretary of State remains clear that he believes that the UK government can
address these issues, the Scottish people are far more sceptical. Donald Macaskill, chief executive of
Scottish Care, has even remarked that those who claimed Scotland would be okay were living in
“cloud cuckoo land” as this was the greatest risk to Scotland.
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Priti Patel, the UK Home Secretary, has announced the new points-based system would replace the
existing system after the transition period which will end on the 31 December 2020. After this period
a raft of changes will occur, but we will focus on the two biggest changes.
The end of free movement
With Brexit being achieved, the UK will finally end its free movement agreement with the EU
meaning that EU nationals will no longer be able to come to the UK to work, live or settle down with
their family unless they have the appropriate visa.
EU nationals must have secured settled status before the end of the transition period by applying for
the EU Settlement Scheme. The deadline of said scheme is the 30 June 2021 and will grant applicants
a few years of continued leave which may entitle them for settled status.
This move will significantly curb EU national migration and will likely have a significantly negative
impact on industries reliant on EU labour. This includes food production, tourism, hospitality and
This is a particular issue for Scotland which has an ageing population issue and is very reliant on EU
The points-based-system (PBS) aims to discourage low-skilled migration and encouraged skilled
migrants by creating a point-based system. The system requires visa applicants to secure 70 points,
and points are awarded on English speaking skills, job offers, the level of skill required for the job
This will be significantly difficult for the Scottish economy which is heavily reliant on low paid EU
The Scottish Nationalist Party has been insistent that the only path forwards is devolution and even
independence. They have called on the UK government to allow for devolution on immigration
matters and called for a new Scottish visa which would specifically target the labour needed for
Scotland, but all of these calls have been rejected.