Wishart and May clash over im­mi­gra­tion is­sue

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MP Pete Wishart at­tacked Theresa May for claims she is de­priv­ing young­sters of the free­dom to “live, work and love” on the Con­ti­nent.

The SNP politi­cian clashed with the prime min­is­ter over im­mi­gra­tion as she gave ev­i­dence in a hear­ing be­fore lead­ers of West­min­ster’s com­mit­tees yes­ter­day.

The UK Gov­ern­ment says the free move­ment of EU na­tion­als on to these shores will end, with peo­ple al­lowed in based on their skills rather than na­tion­al­ity.

Mr Wishart, who rep­re­sents Perth and North Perthshire, asked her: “Isn’t it the case that the rights that you and I had to live, work and love across a con­ti­nent of 28 na­tions is go­ing to be de­prived to our young peo­ple be­cause of your ob­ses­sion with im­mi­gra­tion?”

The Tory leader de­nied that, say­ing: “Free­dom of move­ment gives au­to­matic rights to peo­ple liv­ing in the Eu­ro­pean Union that are not avail­able to peo­ple out­side the EU.

“In fu­ture we will end that au­to­matic right that comes with free move­ment.

“What we will put in place is our sys­tem of im­mi­gra­tion rules which will ap­ply across all coun­tries, and it will be skills-based rather than based on the coun­try that some­body comes from.”

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