SNP MP attacks Johnson’s points-based immigration system – despite her party proposing it

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Critics point out the SNP advocated a similar policy ahead of the 2014 independence referendum.

The claim was made by Anum Qaisar-Javed, newly elected MP for Airdrie and Shotts.

She won a by-election last week, though with a reduced majority, after her predecessor was elected to the Scottish parliament.

Delivering her maiden speech to the Commons Ms Qaisar-Javed said: “The points-based immigration system championed by the Government is deeply flawed.

“Were it in use when my father planned to come to this island he would have been blocked and this country would have been deprived of one member of parliament, one doctor and one medical student – myself and my siblings.

“This is one of the reasons why Scotland needs independence.”

However, commentators online pointed out the SNP explicitly backed a points-based immigration system ahead of the 2014 independence referendum.

The commitment was contained in Scotland’s Future, a document published by the SNP controlled Scottish government in 2013 making the case for separation the following year.

It said: “For non-EU nationals, independence will enable us to develop and operate a controlled, transparent and efficient immigration system.

“This Government will take forward a points-based approach targeted at particular Scottish requirements.”

A number of commentators pointed out the discrepancy between Ms Qaisar-Javed’s words and the 2013 document online.

Scottish Conservative activist John White said: “The SNP’s own white paper in 2014 literally proposed a points-based immigration system.”

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Another commentator replied: “What an embarrassment to the people of Airdrie & Shotts.

“A points-based system was proposed in the White Paper.”

A third added: “The (albeit now discredited and ditched by the nationalists) 2013 White Paper proposed a points-based immigration system for a seceded Scotland, little different to the UK’s.”

Nicola Sturgeon is demanding a second referendum on taking Scotland out of the UK.

In 2014 Scotland voted to remain part of Britain by 55 percent of the vote to 45 percent.

However, in a blow to the nationalists, the SNP fell one seat short of a Scottish parliament majority at the Holyrood elections earlier this month.

In total more Scots voted for pro-UK parties in the constituency vote than nationalist ones.

There is still a Holyrood majority for another referendum with the backing of the pro-independence Greens.

Boris Johnson is urging Ms Sturgeon to focus on Scotland’s coronavirus recovery rather than constitutional questions.

However senior SNP figures have suggested a second referendum could be held even without Westminster’s approval.

Should this happen Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross is urging Scots to boycott the poll.

Such a move could also face legal challenges from those concerned over its legality.
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