by Joanna Cherry QC MP for Edinburgh South West
Are you an EU citizen living here or do you have family or friends who are? Can I thank you for your contribution to our country and to our city. It was precisely because of that that I oppose Brexit, was so pleased Scotland voted to Remain and that we do not face the same toxic debate on migration as in England and Wales.
But we have now reached the tragic situation where EU citizens living here have to apply to the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme, if you have lived here more than five years or pre-settled status under five years to ensure you can work, study and travel.
The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021, if the Conservative Government can reach a deal or 21 December 2020 if we leave without a deal.
I would encourage everyone to apply now at https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families
The Scottish Government has allocated considerable resources to help EU citizens including a help line on 0800 916 9847 and come to my surgeries if you need help.