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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-01583: Stewart Stevenson (Banffshire and Buchan Coast)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 6 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what assurances it has received from the UK Government regarding the immigration status post-Brexit of NHS dentists in Scotland who are EU nationals.

Answered by: Shona Robison 14 December 2017

The dental workforce in Scotland has benefited enormously from the skills and experience of staff from across the European Union.

The Scottish Government has repeatedly called for assurances that EU nationals would have their rights protected in the place that they choose to call home. While we welcome the fact that finally there has been some movement to guarantee the rights of EU and UK citizens, it is intolerable that it has taken this long. We will be studying the details of the phase one agreement but recognise there is still more work to do in phase two of the negotiations.

We continue to argue that the UK as a whole, and Scotland, should remain in the single market and continue to benefit from the free movement of persons, enabling businesses and sectors across Scotland, including the NHS, to recruit and retain the staff that they need. As the recent Scottish Government response to Migration Advisory Committee highlights, EU citizens make an overwhelmingly positive contribution to Scotland’s economy and society.