Nicola Sturgeon says promise, to be set out in SNP conference speech, ‘sends message to EU nationals that we want them to stay’

Nicola Sturgeon has offered to pay the residency fees for EU citizens who currently work in the Scottish public sector, in an effort to reinforce her anti-Brexit credentials as her party’s conference opened in Glasgow.

Sturgeon said the pledge would protect up to 20,000 EU nationals who work in Scotland’s hospitals, schools, universities and public agencies who face losing their UK residency after Brexit.

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