The Scottish Governemnt has responded to news that the UK Government has scrapped the £65 fee EU citizens were going to have to pay to secure the right to continue living in the UK after Brexit.

External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:

“I am pleased the Prime Minister has finally seen sense and accepted the argument from the Scottish Government, the 3million group and others that she should scrap this unfair fee, which should never have been suggested in the first place.

“But this does not change the fact that EU citizens should not be asked to apply simply to retain the rights that they already have to live, work and study in Scotland. This has caused real anxiety for EU citizens in Scotland, who contribute so much to our economy and society.

“Fees charged as part of the pilot scheme introduced today by the UK Government should be dropped immediately.”