The ending of freedom of movement as a result of Brexit isn’t something to celebrate, despite the crass and insensitive claims to the contrary by out of touch Tory politicians. For the Highlands and Islands – and indeed for the whole of Scotland – it is an impending disaster.
Twenty per cent of our working population in the Highlands will retire within the next 10 years. We are growing older and we are not reproducing ourselves (there is zero natural growth in our population) so we must attract into our area enough people to replace that shrinking workforce.
Many EU nationals are thinking about going back to their country of origin, though they love living here and they would dearly like to stay.