Scottish Refugee Council's Statement on Brexit

Syria vigil Glasgow
Solidarity with refugees

The United Kingdom as a whole has voted to leave the European Union but Scotland has voted to remain.

Scottish Refugee Council now calls upon all leaders across the UK to ensure that debates on immigration and asylum are informed, sensible and fair.  

 Leaving the EU does not mean leaving behind our legal and moral responsibilities to people in need. The UK remains a founding signatory to the 1951 UN Convention on Refugees, the main international treaty that protects the rights of people in need of safety. We need to remember this.

Last year Scotland led the way in responding to the humanitarian crisis facing refugees. All walks of Scottish society stood and continue to stand in solidarity in welcoming other human beings who have lost everything and who are now trying their best to rebuild their and their children’s lives here in Scotland. We need to continue to be a beacon for how we treat those in need of protection and safeguard their rights.

On a day of such uncertainty we welcome the First Minister’s words of reassurance that EU migrants living in Scotland are welcome, their contribution valued and that Scotland is their home. Scotland, where the majority voted to remain, is home to refugees who have fled in fear from hatred and persecution. We echo the First Minister’s call for unity and the imperative for solidarity across and amongst all communities at this time.