Brexit settlement scheme
04 Apr 2019
Diversity is one of Ealing’s greatest strengths and the borough is home to people from all over the world who make a huge contribution to the community.
This includes around 55,000 people from other countries in the European Union. This diversity is also clearly demonstrated in the council’s workforce.
In March 2019 Ealing's cabinet endorsed a report which identified the work taking place to prepare for exit from the EU. Understanding the impact of Brexit allows the council to prepare as best it can with the information available to ensure continuity of support to staff, residents and businesses, regardless of what the outcome of Brexit negotiations are and the future relationship with the EU.
The full impact of Britain exiting the European Union upon EU Citizens living in the UK will not be known until the negotiations between the UK and the EU are completed.
Individual circumstances will vary but to secure their rights, EU citizens and their family members will need to go through a digital application process – the EU Settlement Scheme.
The application process checks three basic principles – identity, UK residence and criminal convictions.
The Government intends to have the EU Settlement Scheme fully open from 30 March 2019. In line with the draft Withdrawal Agreement, EU citizens and their family members will be able to apply until 30 June 2021 and their rights will remain unchanged until then. If you hold Irish citizenship you do not need to apply for the EU settled status scheme.
The council’s website has details of how to apply, but if you need help with the identification verification process, the council’s registrar service is now set up to help for a fee of £14. Call 020 8825 7809 to book an appointment.
Ealing’s chief executive, Paul Najsarek, said: “This is a time of uncertainty over Brexit. I fully appreciate that this must be very unsettling, so I wanted to reassure staff from other countries in the EU, of the value you bring to this organisation and to the borough. I know that all of you make a crucial contribution to the council and I appreciate the important role every single member of staff has in delivering our ambitious Future Ealing programme."