Angela welcomes removal of settled status fee

Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley has welcome the Prime Minister’s decision to scrap the settled status fee.

The UK government has been forced into a major climb-down after ditching fees for EU citizens to apply for settled status. 

The announcement follows sustained pressure from campaigners and politicians – with the Scottish Government previously committing to meet the £65 cost for EU citizens working in the Scottish public sector. 

Commenting, Angela said:

“This is a major climb-down from a Prime Minister desperately looking to detract attention from her continued failure to make progress achieving a deal. 

“EU nationals should never have been asked to pay this fee – and it is welcome news that the UK government has finally listened.

“This does not change the fact that EU nationals should not be asked to apply for the status and rights they already have, and we now need clarity on whether the unrealistic deadline for applications will also be scrapped. 

“This entire process underlines exactly why Scotland needs the power to create a fairer immigration system.”