IMMIGRATION powers must be devolved to limit the reach of the Tories’ “hostile” and “xenophobic” policies, the SNP said yesterday.
Following a new poll showing overwhelming support among both Scots and people across Britain for devolution of immigration powers, SNP immigration spokesperson Stuart McDonald said giving Holyrood control would allow Scotland to “build a system that meets Scotland’s needs and values”.
Research by ICM reveals that 64 per cent of Scots want to see immigration powers devolved, which is also backed by a clear majority across the UK (55 per cent).
Mr McDonald said Westminster had “proven itself to be utterly incapable of acting in Scotland’s interests,” adding that the British government’s “hostile immigration policies are threatening the Scottish economy and public services.”
He added: “The Tories seem oblivious to the self-inflicted harm they have caused with their arbitrary net migration targets, the appalling treatment of EU nationals, and the senseless scrapping of important policies like the post-study work visa and seasonal agricultural workers scheme.”