TORIES BAT­TERED IN IM­MI­GRA­TION VOTE

Daily Record - - NEWS - ANDY PHILIP

TORY MSPs got a ham­mer­ing from their col­leagues in other par­ties yes­ter­day in a row over im­mi­gra­tion pow­ers.

The party tried to ar­gue against giv­ing Holy­rood con­trol over bor­ders, de­spite recog­nis­ing con­cerns that Scot­land will lose work­ing-age EU cit­i­zens af­ter Brexit.

Calls for a sep­a­rate mi­gra­tion sys­tem were backed by a ma­jor­ity – with only the Tories against the move.

Af­ter the Holy­rood vote, SNP MSP Mairi Gougeon said: “Theresa May and her hard-Brex­i­teer col­leagues are ob­sessed with clos­ing the door to im­mi­grants, no mat­ter the dam­age. The UK Gov­ern­ment’s reck­less plans risk dam­age to our pub­lic ser­vices and our econ­omy.

“We need an im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem that re­flects Scot­land’s unique cir­cum­stances.

“The Scot­tish Par­lia­ment has spo­ken – and the UK Gov­ern­ment must de­liver.”

Dur­ing the de­bate, Tory MSP Jack­son Car­law ad­mit­ted Scot­land needs “a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease” in the work­ing age pop­u­la­tion but re­jected calls for a sep­a­rate sys­tem.

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