The Herald on Sunday

Brexit blow for our young


RON Mackay, in his column of March 28, and Michael Tolland, in his letter today (April 7) have been critical of the immigratio­n plans of the heartless Priti Patel. What both have failed to highlight is the worst threat of the recentlyad­opted points-based system which will effectivel­y condemn our young people to second-class status in their own country.

Freedom of movement within the EU does not require anyone to be particular­ly “intelligen­t and forwardthi­nking” in order to be welcomed into another EU jurisdicti­on. Brexit has now brought us a points-based system which effectivel­y retains freedom of movement for those who can command higher salaries but denies it to others, leaving low-skilled, lower-paid occupation­s to be filled exclusivel­y by our indigenous population with no requiremen­t to achieve a high rating for intelligen­ce and forward thinking.

What employer is going to invest in training and career developmen­t of our school leavers when a ready supply of “oven-ready” well-educated immigrants is available? Our young people face a future in which they are likely to be streamed in the direction of the lower-paid, often seasonal, jobs which immigrants were previously more than willing to occupy.

Watch out for the introducti­on of harvesting and fruit-picking into our school curriculum.

Willie Maclean, Milngavie.

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The recycled paper content of UK newspapers in 2019 was 63.2%.

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