The Scottish Affairs Committee met this week in Kirkcaldy to explore how post-Brexit immigration policy should address the needs of current migrants, the agricultural sector and rural and remote communities in Scotland.
The Committee was addressed by members of the Fife Migrants Forum about their experiences of coming to live and work in Scotland. We discussed how the EU referendum result has affected their ability to plan for the future and affected their likelihood of staying.
We also heard from representatives of the National Farmers Union Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.
It was disappointing that not a single one of the 4 Tory committee members, 3 Scottish Labour members nor the Liberal Democrat member were in attendance - only the 3 SNP members (myself Tommy Sheppard and Pete Wishart) showed up to hear the evidence.
I appreciate MPs face diary constraints, and there are times when individual members cannot attend particular meetings, but for every member from other parties not to show speaks volumes about their priorities. Brexit is the biggest issue facing Scotland, and poses a huge risk to the Scottish economy - we need to work across parties to protect our interests and protect the individuals who are telling us how much it is affecting their lives.
Today we heard from people who have come to Scotland to work, live and contribute to our society, and the human impact the UK government's Brexit chaos is having. These committee hearings are important to inform our work.
I will continue to work towards getting the best possible deal for Scotland as the UK continues on this self-destructive path towards leaving the European Union.
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