Steven Paterson, Member of Parliament for the Stirling Constituency, held a meeting on Monday (21st November) to take questions from EU nationals living and working in the rural part of the constituency.
The Real Food Café is situated in the village of Tyndrum in the Stirling Highlands. It employs up to around 30 members of staff – many of whom are EU nationals and have concerns about what the prospect of Brexit could mean for them.
Mr Paterson met with staff in Tyndrum to take their questions on how Brexit could affect their status and to reaffirm his commitment to protecting their right to live and work in Scotland.
Commenting, Steven Paterson said:
“It was great to be able to meet with staff from the Real Food Café – just one example of many employers who benefit hugely from the contribution made by EU nationals across the Stirling Constituency.
“Understandably, many people have serious questions over how Brexit will affect their right to live and work in the place they call home. In the immediate aftermath of the UK Brexit vote, I wrote to both the then-Prime Minister and Home Secretary calling for EU nationals to be protected in negotiations. So far, no commitment has been made and it cannot be the case that people in our local communities are to be used as bargaining chips by a Tory UK Government without a plan.
“I will continue to call on the UK Government to apply a more humane approach to their Brexit negotiations – which would include immediately securing the rights of EU nationals living in Stirling, Scotland, and the wider UK.”