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Celebrating Scotland's diversity

Published: 14 Aug 2016 00:01
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Scottish Government to hold discussion with EU nationals living in Scotland.

EU nationals living in Scotland will have the chance to discuss the implications of the EU referendum result with the First Minister next week.

It's the first time EU nationals have been given the opportunity to discuss the result with senior politicians and hear the First Minister's commitment to protecting Scotland's relationship with and place in Europe.

450 people are signed up to attend the session, which will take place at the end of a special European Cabinet in Edinburgh on Wednesday. 30 different nationalities, including 24 from EU member states, will attend the event to discuss the EU referendum result and what it means for them.

Speaking ahead of the event, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

"Scotland spoke loudly and clearly when it delivered an unequivocal vote to remain in the EU.

"It is my duty as First Minister to speak on behalf of all Scottish citizens, including those who have chosen to come from other parts of the EU and make Scotland their home.

"They have brought a wealth of social, economic and cultural benefits and have enriched our society. And as I said on the day after the referendum, they remain very welcome here.

"My Cabinet and I are determined to provide reassurance and certainty, wherever we can, to those who have come to Scotland and have contributed so valuably.

"Our priority is to protect Scotland's interests, and the interests of everyone living, working and studying here. That's why I, alongside my Cabinet, am considering all possible options to protect Scotland's continuing relationship with and place in Europe for future generations."

Notes to editors

The public Q&A event takes place at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange on 17 August, from 11:30 - 13:00.