Published: 16/04/2018 07:00 - Updated: 13/04/2018 10:25

Doubts over minister's EU pledge

Written byIain Ramage

 

Drew Hendry
MP Drew Hendry: 'still a lot of concerns'.

COMMUNITY leaders in Inverness have questioned the sincerity of a UK government pledge about EU nationals being allowed to remain in the country post Brexit.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell offered the assurance during a recent whirlwind trip to the Highlands and Moray.

About 200,000 EU nationals currently live in Scotland.

Local SNP MP Drew Hendry, who will be there, said: "We’ve seen a lot of warm words but no official guarantees given to people over their status. That’s all still for negotiation.

"What we’ve seen is a set of principles being agreed. That’s why it’s important that people get as much information as they can just now in order to give them the chance to be better prepared.

"There are still a lot of concerns among people living here about what’s going to happen to them. It’s going to be a time of great difficulty in terms of understanding the process."

Echoing that, Zosia Fraser, the Highlands’ newly appointed honorary consul of Poland, said: "The Polish community are not secure, in that they can’t plan for the next three or four years ahead.

"Until it’s written into law, I will not say with certainty to the Polish community that this is what’s going to happen. Until Theresa May rubber-stamps it and it becomes a law in Westminster, then I’ll believe it, otherwise no."

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