Hackney Labour Mayor Phillip Glanville has made it clear that Hackney Labour is standing up for EU residents: “We want to find ways of celebrating our EU citizens and our heritage as a proud European borough.”
EU citizens are invited to send in their stories of themselves and their families. If you would like to share your story please email him at email@example.com.
He added: “Just this last month (October) we have stood-up for our residents from other EU member states, to act where the government has shown total inaction.
“The government has spent £100m on now pointless ‘get ready for Brexit’ advertising, while spending only £5m to help advertise and support EU citizens applying for settled status.
“So we wrote to thousands of our citizens from other EU member states, unreservedly stating that #HackneyLovesYou and encouraging them to apply for settled status.
“We also invited them to an event where we brought organisations together to offer advice and support a few weeks ago. The Law Centre, Hackney Citizens Advice, Migrant Help, Praxis, London Growth Hub, Council’s registrars and the Hackney Museum all gathered in the Assembly Hall.”
On 19 October Hackney Labour marched for Europe, calling for a People’s Vote on the final deal with Remain on the ballot which was unanimously passed as a motion at a Full Council meeting in February this year.
In January 2019 the Council passed a motion calling on the then Prime Minister to rule out a ‘no deal’ Brexit and extend Article 50 if necessary, to avoid the UK leaving the EU with ‘no deal’.
It also supported the right of Parliament to stop a ‘no deal’ scenario to help ensure enough time is given for all options, including a public or ‘people’s vote’, with a clear option to remain in the EU on the table.
Mayor Glanville, with the support of the Labour Group of Councillors, has sent out a letter to all those on the the electoral register known to be European citizens in the borough (more than 8,000 people). It was also published in the Hackney Gazette on 31 October 2019.
He wrote in the letter:
“During this time of uncertainty around the future of the UK’s relationship with the EU, I wanted to take this opportunity to reassure you that, whatever happens, Hackney values its European citizens and you will always be welcome here.
Hackney is proud to be an open, tolerant and diverse borough. This diversity is our biggest strength and we cherish that we’re a place where people from across the world have chosen to call their home. You are a key part of this.
I also write to urge you, should you wish to keep living and working in the UK, to apply for Settled Status from the government. You must apply if you or your family are from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.
Applications need to be made by 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. If you don’t apply, you may not be able to stay. You can apply online and the process is quite straightforward.
If you would like some support, there are several local organisations offering help, including a walk-in service at the Hackney Service Centre. Information on applying and sources of support are detailed below.
About 15% of Hackney residents – 41,500 people – are from other EU countries. I personally campaigned for Remain during the referendum, and we had the third highest Remain vote in the UK, with 78.5% of residents voting to stay in the EU.
European citizens like you make an enormous contribution to the civic, economic and cultural life of Hackney. You are our friends, neighbours, colleagues and valued members of our communities.
They have also brought a huge benefit to our local economies through their skills, expertise, creativity, energy and innovation, and have been at the heart of Hackney’s fantastic business growth.
Many of our thriving local businesses in tech, creative, manufacturing, hospitality and other industries, have been founded or enriched by EU nationals who chose to make their home here.
They are also vital to our local health and social care system.
In 2017, I launched the #HackneyLovesYou campaign to help show EU citizens like yourself how much we value you – https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2017/11/10/mayor-gives-1000-i-love-hackney-badges-part-eu-nationals-drive/
Nothing has changed in the past two years. At the time I also called on the then Prime Minister Theresa May to provide clarity and reassurance on the rights and status of EU citizens, and this month have written to the Home Secretary requesting the same.
In January the Council passed a motion calling on the Prime Minister to rule out a ‘no deal’ Brexit and extend Article 50 if necessary, to avoid the UK leaving the EU with ‘no deal’. It also supported the right of Parliament to stop a ‘no deal’ scenario to help ensure enough time is given for all options, including a public or ‘people’s vote’, with a clear option to remain in the EU on the table.
Over the next few months we want to find ways of celebrating our EU citizens and our heritage as a proud European borough. Central to that will be telling the stories of people like yourself and your families. If you would like to share your story please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, this letter has been sent to Hackney’s EU citizens who have given their permission for their name and address to be made public on the Electoral Register.
If you think an EU citizen you know may not have received this letter it would be greatly appreciated if you could make them aware of it, both regarding its sentiment that they are welcome in Hackney, and the need for them to apply for Settled Status.
Mayor of Hackney
Information on Settled Status and support services
- Applying for Settled Status – information about this, and the process itself, is online
- More information, and in different languages, is available through the GLA’s EU
Londoner’s Hub at www.london.gov.uk/eu-londoners-hub.
- Hackney Citizens Advice offers personal support for people wanting to apply for
Settled Status – call 0208 525 6350.
- The Council offers a service for people who need help scanning their
documentation. Find out more at hackney.gov.uk/eu-settlement-scheme.