Sandra White, an SNP MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, has criticised the UK government’s post-Brexit visa plans, claiming they have failed to take EU students at Scottish universities into consideration.
The Home Secretary and Immigration Minister have proposed a 36-month visa for EU nationals coming to the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
White is concerned about the length of the visa as most undergraduate courses in Scotland last four years, with others such as engineering and medicine lasting longer.
“Such an ill-considered policy would be detrimental to our higher education system driving Europe’s top students away from Scotland.
“Students and staff across the country are rightly outraged by this reckless disregard for Scotland’s world leading universities.”
The MSP believes the plan is “sheer incompetence from the Tory government who once again have failed to even give Scotland a second thought” and that the government needs to “wake up and go back to the drawing board.”
The Russell Group, an organisation that represents 24 universities across the UK, has called on the government to scrap the plans.
Jess Cole, Russell Group’s Head of Policy, said the plan was “bizarre” and that it was “a kick in the teeth to Scottish universities.”
She added that “it’s time to scrap these plans and come good on the promises made to the EU citizens who contribute so much to our society and economy – whether they are here already or planning to come in the next few years.”