Camden Council Brexit news
Camden Council is determined to ensure that Camden, its residents and businesses receive the best possible deal from Brexit. We are directly lobbying the Government, as well as working with our public sector and business partners, in order to ensure Camden’s voice is heard, and the rights of our residents are protected.
On this page we will provide you with our latest news related to Brexit:
- December 2017: Government confirms rights of EU Citizens living in the UK - something which Camden Council has been campaigning for:
A Government agreement with the European Union ensures that there is no change to the status of EU citizens and their families living in the UK whilst the UK remains in the EU. It also provides guidance regarding what happens after we leave the EU, and continued access to public funds and services. Full information about the agreement reached with the EU on citizens' rights is available in this joint report. It includes:
· People who, by 29 March 2019, have been continuously and lawfully living here for 5 years will be able to apply to stay indefinitely by getting ‘settled status’. That means they will be free to live here, have access to public funds and services and go on to apply for British citizenship.
· People who arrive by 29 March 2019, but won’t have been living here lawfully for 5 years when we leave the EU, will be able to apply to stay until they have reached the 5-year threshold. They can then also apply for settled status.
· Family members who are living with, or join, EU citizens in the UK by 29 March 2019 will also be able to apply for settled status, usually after 5 years in the UK.
· Close family members (spouses, civil and unmarried partners, dependent children and grandchildren, and dependent parents and grandparents) will be able to join EU citizens after exit, where the relationship existed on 29 March 2019.
EU citizens with settled status or temporary permission to stay will have the same access as they currently do to healthcare, pensions and other benefits in the UK. For more information about the settled status process and how to apply, and also permanent residence status, visit here.
-November 2017: Leader calls on Prime Minister to guarantee rights of EU citizens:
Camden Council Leader, Georgia Gould, has called on the Prime Minister to unilaterally guarantee the full rights of all EU Citizens currently in the UK, including those who have resided in the country for less than five years.
London is an international city that people of all backgrounds call home, including around 1.2 million EU Citizens. EU workers represent 13 per cent of the capital’s workforce and made a net contribution of £20bn to UK public finances between 2000 and 2011. 10 per cent of London’s doctors and seven per cent of London’s nurses are from the EU. The NHS, local councils and the wider public sector relies on EU Citizens to care for and support people in our communities. The potential departure of EU Citizens from London would have serious repercussions for the capital, not only economically but also in terms of social care and public health.
Councillor Gould said: "EU Citizens are still being treated as bargaining chips in the Brexit negotiations. Crucially, their right to stay in the UK after Brexit has still not been guaranteed. Other serious questions about their future rights also remain unanswered; whether their full rights will be retained, whether people who have lived in the UK for less than five years will have fewer rights, and what would happen in the event of no deal being reached at the end of the Brexit negotiations.
"It is unacceptable that EU Citizens are being made to feel like second-class citizens in the country they have contributed so much to. I urge the Government to unilaterally guarantee the full rights of all EU Citizens currently in the UK, including those who have resided in the country for less than five years. We further call on you to guarantee that EU Citizens’ rights will not be affected in the event of no Brexit deal. If the Government seriously wants EU citizens to remain, live and work in the UK, there is no reason why this cannot happen immediately."
-October 2017: Camden demands full rights for its European citizens:
-April 2017: Tell us your views about Brexit:
-September 2016: Council and businesses write to Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union: