Ash Denham MSP is supporting calls for the UK Government to extended the 30th June deadline for EU citizens to apply for the Settlement Scheme.
As it stands, EU citizens living in the UK have just 30 days to go through the application process with many thousands yet to apply.
Ms. Denham believes the deadline should be extended to allow more EU citizens to become aware of the scheme and to avoid the life-changing consequences of not applying in time.
The Edinburgh Eastern MSP said:
“I fully support Scottish Government calls for the Prime Minister to extend the EU Settlement Scheme deadline.
“Edinburgh Eastern is home to many of the estimated 39,000 EU citizens who live in the Capital and they bring so much to our culture, our communities, and our way of life. Many are key workers in our hospitals and care homes or in the food and hospitality sectors who went above and beyond to help keep the country going through the lockdowns.
“The risks of not applying for the EU Settlement Scheme are life-changing – such as being unable to work, study, drive a car or open a bank account.
“I demand the UK Government thinks again on this and extends the deadline and I encourage all EU citizens to apply for the scheme as soon as possible.
“Scotland is your home, you are welcome here, and I want you to stay.”
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Photo: Ash Denham is pictured at an EU citizen advice surgery held in Portobello alongside the Citizens’ Advice Bureau in January 2020.