Close on the heels of the statement from London Mayor floating the idea for a separate work permit for London.
A Scottish business leader has stepped up calls for a migration system that can fill skills gaps after Britain pulls out of the EU, the report highlighted that there is likely to be need for 11,000 new roles each year in Scotland’s digital and IT sector and these vacancies could not be filled entirely by British workers.
These comments assume significance in light of Theresa May’s deadline of 31 March for invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, getting official talks with the EU started.
Similar demands in the past where Scottish nationalists have asked for greater control over immigration in the wake of the Brexit vote have been shot down, as recently as January 2017 Home Secretary appeared to rule out the possibility of Scotland being handed powers over immigration after the UK leaves the EU, Amber Rudd said introducing different rules “would complicate the immigration system, harming its integrity” and cause problems for businesses.
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