EU citizens face 500 mile round trip to register for EU Settled Status, warns Jamie
Far North MP Jamie Stone has criticised the Government for their treatment of EU citizens after the Home Office released guidance today on the new EU Settlement Scheme.
The Home Office has confirmed EU citizens applying to stay in the UK must either use an Android phone or travel to one of 13 'document scanning' centres instead.
In Scotland, there is only one 'document scanning' centre in Edinburgh. According to analysis by the Liberal Democrats, EU citizens travelling from Wick would face costs of £100 on the train for a 16 hour round trip. The drive would be a 500 mile round trip costing £132 in fuel.
Commenting Mr Stone said:
“Too many of my constituents are deeply anxious about their right to stay. Many of them fill vital roles in the health service, food processing and the tourism sector. They want to register as soon as possible, but Theresa May’s hapless treatment of EU citizens is putting up barriers.
“Following significant pressure, the Prime Minister said last week that there will be no financial barrier for any EU nationals who wish to stay. How long did that commitment last?
“For anyone who doesn’t have an android phone, this botched scheme means they will have to travel. For people in the far north of Scotland that means facing a 500 mile round trip and forking out hundreds of pounds. This postcode lottery is simply unacceptable.
“The Government must change the application system now and provide assurances about local ID scanning locations to ensure EU citizens are made to feel welcome in the UK.”