Scotland’s Prime Minister Nicolas Stergen called on the British government to provide “immediate guarantees” regarding the residence of European Union citizens and their other rights in Scotland.
This came in a letter from Stergen I sent to Prime Minister David Cameron and the five candidates to succeed him in his post, after his resignation following the results of the referendum last week.
“The British government must respect the rights of the 173,000 European citizens in Scotland,” said Stergen.
A majority in Britain voted in favor of leaving the European Union, while results showed that Scotland’s population voted 62 percent to stay in the union.
Stergen revealed a series of meetings between her and European Union officials in Brussels, after she had previously announced that she would do everything necessary to defend the rights of European Union citizens residing in Scotland.
Stergen’s claim of guarantees about the rights of Europeans comes, ahead of a meeting scheduled for Tuesday in Edinburgh with the consul general representative of European Union countries in Scotland.
“European citizens who live and work in Scotland are concerned about the repercussions of the results of the British referendum on their future and the future of their families here. European citizens in Scotland are part of the country, and we are trying to take advantage of all the opportunities available to us to stay in the European Union, and this is what I stressed,” Storgen wrote. In meetings with European officials in the past few days. “
Cameron had assured in his statements after the results of the referendum European citizens in Britain that “there will be no direct repercussions to vote out of their situation” but he made clear that the future of European citizens in the United Kingdom will be among the issues that will be discussed during negotiations with the European Union on exit measures.
Independent university funding
For his part, leader of the Liberal Democrats in Scotland Willie Rooney called on the British government, the European Union and the Scottish government to announce a joint declaration reassuring universities and scientific research centers in Scotland about the future of European funding that they receive from Brussels.
British universities received about 836 million pounds ($ 1.1 billion) in funding for scientific research throughout the 2014-2015 academic year.
On the other hand, during the negotiations, the British government will be forced to reach agreement on British students in European universities.
“We are receiving more emails from British students who are concerned about their future due to the issue of Britain leaving the European Union,” said Dolores Soreno, director of the Office of International Relations at the University of Sorbonne in the French capital, Paris.
It is noteworthy that 27 percent of the foreign students enrolled in the Erasmus program at the Sorbonne University are British.
Britain is still living political consequences described as chaos after the referendum. The ruling Conservative party is preparing for elections to choose a new leader and prime minister after current leader David Cameron announced his resignation after losing the referendum.