The stark recommendations by the committee of MPs comes as Scotland says its economy could falter if it loses a large swathe of EU migrant workers who boost its workforce.
But there are fears that Westminster is tone deaf towards its needs and will pursue a hard Brexit that will lead to less Europeans to fill job vacancies as authorities clampdown on immigration from the EU.
Scottish MPs said: “The committee believes…there are acute risks to Scotland of a loss of the existing EU migrants or a decline in future migration.”
Scotland’s First minister Nicola Sturgeon has grave concerns over Brexit
Scotland relies heavily on migrant workers from the EU – particularly in its higher higher education and research sectors, Politico reports.
It voted to stay in the EU but the rest of the UK voted to leave in last June’s referendum.
The difference in direction has caused a deep rift between British Prime Minister Theresa May, who is pro Brexit, and Scotland’s First minister Nicola Sturgeon who did not want to leave.
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Scotland fears that if EU migrants leave it will have a dire impact on the country’s economy
Ms Sturgeon has raised a series of complaints about Mrs May’s strategy to trigger Article 50 for Brexit. She does not want to see the UK leave the single market or limit immigration.
The leader appears set to call a second referendum to decide whether Scotland should separate from the UK as Westminster increasingly ignores the wishes of its neighbour.
The committee argued that if EU migrants leave Scotland due to increased uncertainty due to Brexit, it will not only have a dire impact on the country’s economy but its cultural diversity too.
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