Commenting on the Prime Minister’s announcement on the future work and residency rights of EU citizens in the UK, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:
"Scottish Chambers of Commerce Network called for the guarantee of EU citizens from the outset and it is good news to see the Prime Minister finally guarantee these rights and provide clarity to Scottish business. This news will be welcomed by all sectors and will enable us to plan ahead, whilst also providing a level of stability to EU citizens and their families. These are the initial building blocks that need to be put in place and now we must look towards a longer-term solution in terms of migration to the UK that is firmly based on business and economic need.
"We would also urge reciprocity from our EU counterparts to guarantee the rights of the 1.2 million UK citizens currently working or living in the EU, ensuring those businesses that are trading within the EU market can continue to grow and run their business operations.
“This announcement is a good start to the Brexit negotiations but there is still a long way to go to address business priorities on issues such as access to single market, tariffs and our relationship with the EU bloc.”