Ealing is home to people from all over the world who make a huge contribution to the community and this includes around 55,000 people from other countries in the European Union. Following the UK vote to leave the European Union (EU) in the referendum on 23 June 2016, there has been some uncertainty about the future rights for people from other EU countries, including their right to remain in the UK.
Ealing Council believes diversity is one of the boroughs greatest strengths and wants to protect the rights of all its residents, including EU citizens.
In April 2018 Ealing councillors voted to support all EU citizens in the borough and wants to assure them that they are valued and welcome in Ealing. The council has written to the government asking it to guarantee EU citizens’ rights, in the event of a hard Brexit, or any other circumstances. The council has also asked the government to give all UK citizens the final say on any Brexit deal.
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 avalable to ensure continuity of support to 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 and in some circumstances residents adversely affected by Brexit may benefit from seeking independent legal advice. Additional information is also available on GOV.UK.