Below is the text of a letter being sent to nearly 9,000 EU nationals living in Westminster
Rights of EU Nationals Living in Westminster
Westminster thrives on diversity and I value, and am grateful for, all that you contribute to our city. Therefore, I believe that EU nationals who are living in Westminster deserve to know that they have a long-term home here and are welcome. While I will continue to push for the rights of EU citizens in the UK to be clarified and protected, it is important that you know about updates of the negotiations and changes made to your residence status here, if any.
Westminster City Council has, therefore, created an advice service for EU nationals living in Westminster. This can be found on the Citizens Advice Westminster website which you can access at https://www.westminstercab.org.uk/advice/EU-Nationals-advice-project/. The service includes a helpline, available on 020 7706 6019 on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11am and 2pm, but face-to-face appointments may also be made if your enquiry is particularly complex.
There will also shortly be a list of Frequently Asked Questions on the Westminster Advice Services Partnership website (http://www.westminsteradvice.org.uk/) which will be regularly updated to provide you with the most up-to-date information as well as plain answers to questions that you may have.
However, I realise that such a service may not be appropriate or convenient for everyone. Therefore, I am organising a series of workshops and seminars, taking place in a number of different EU countries’ embassies. These will provide you with practical information about your rights now and after Brexit comes into effect, and will give you the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have. Once the details about these have been confirmed they will be on Westminster Council’s website, so please do ensure that you check this regularly as Christmas approaches.
I remain committed to our EU residents in the city and will do all I can to ensure that you continue to feel that Westminster is your home, now and after Brexit.
Councillor Nickie Aiken