De­por­ta­tion is at the be­hest of Home Of­fice

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, What a cu­ri­ous and con­fused mes­sage is con­veyed in the let­ter from David Gal­lant ( The Oban Times, May 4).

Mr Gal­lant sug­gests that the Canadian fam­ily who in­vested so much time, money and ef­fort into trans­form­ing the Lag­gan Stores are vic­tims of EU leg­is­la­tion and are but one of many other in­stances, and we know of sev­eral oth­ers, where fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als from outwith the EU are faced with de­por­ta­tion.

Mr Gal­lant claims we should re­spond to this dis­crim­i­na­tion by pur­su­ing a ‘hard’ Brexit and refuse to trade with our EU neigh­bours and should im­pose a to­tal ban on im­ports from EU mem­bers. He de­plores racial dis­crim­i­na­tion and yet he sug­gests that we should prac­tice it.

In truth, the move to ex­pel the fam­ily from Lag­gan – and they have al­ready, to our shame, gone – is en­tirely at the be­hest of the UK Home Of­fice and de­spite stren­u­ous ef­forts on their be­half by the lo­cal MP and his col­leagues. Clearly, dis­cre­tion ex­ists to al­low nationals from outwith the EU to re­main. Were this not so, the NHS through­out the coun­try would be on its knees and many other as­pects of our ser­vices would be un­der even more strain than at present.

It is salu­tary to re­flect that a for­mer Home Sec­re­tary is now Prime Min­is­ter and that in her pre­vi­ous role she headed the most in­tran­si­gent and un­sym­pa­thetic de­part­ment of gov­ern­ment – and so it re­mains.

We should be tak­ing steps now and with­out de­lay to reg­u­larise the sta­tus of for­eign nationals from the EU and from else­where who are con­tribut­ing tan­gi­bly to our econ­omy. They help greatly to coun­ter­act the de­mog­ra­phy of Scot­land and add greatly to our so­ci­ety. Ken MacColl, Villa Road, Oban.

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