Leader's Brexit commitment to EU residents
Brexit is the biggest issue facing our country and there’s no question it will affect our borough in a range of ways. But whatever happens, it is our duty to ensure that it must work for Haringey’s residents.
I want to make a clear commitment to those people living in Haringey who are from other EU countries – you are welcome here now, and will remain welcome here in the future.
My message to the borough's 42,000 people who are from other EU countries (almost one in every six Haringey residents) is simple:
You are our friends, neighbours, family and colleagues, and you make an enormous contribution to the cultural and economic life of our borough.
Many of you run thriving local businesses and your work is also vital to our local public services, our health and social care services, and all the services provided by the council.
I want to assure you that our council will do all that we can to help you understand your options and how to apply for settled status, a process that will start in March 2019. Let there be no doubt: Haringey wants you to stay.
- The council will have an important role in making sure that our EU residents are aware of what they need to do to protect their rights and apply for “settled status” if they wish to stay in the UK beyond December 2020. The application process will be open by March 2019. We will support Haringey’s European citizens to understand their options.
- EU citizens who have been resident in the UK for five years or more will be eligible for “settled status”. Those who have been resident for less than five years will be eligible for “pre-settled status” and will be able to convert this to “settled status” after five years of residency.
- EU residents who do not apply by June 2021 will technically have no legal basis to remain in the UK. The Home Office have not been clear on what the impact of this will be, but people are likely to lose rights to access welfare benefits, support services and wider public funds.
- The EU Settlement Scheme will be fully open for applications by March 2019.