Ealing is home to people from all over the world who make a huge contribution to the borough, and this includes 55,000 EU citizens. The council believes diversity is one of the borough’s greatest strengths and wants its EU residents to apply for settled status, stay and prosper in Ealing.
For many months the council, along with other London boroughs, partner organisations, the Local Government Association, London Councils and key providers have been exploring what the impact on services could be. Understanding the impact allows the council to prepare as best as it can with the information available 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.
Ealing is part of the London Resilience Group which meets regularly to consider the latest government data, and has worked to prepare for all scenario’s, including a ‘no deal’ Brexit on 29 March, with the information available. The action plan preparing for a ‘no deal’ scenario was part of the report Cabinet endorsed.
Part of the preparation is ensuring the council’s web pages on Brexit advice are regularly updated with the latest advice for EU citizens and businesses.
Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council said: “It’s a very worrying time for everyone, and especially for Ealing’s EU citizens, so I hope that we can help in offering reassurance and advice.
“There is advice on the council’s website for individuals and businesses and while there is no rush to apply for settled status, there is advice and guidance available for when you do apply. Ealing is, and always will be, open, inclusive and welcoming to all.”
In the 2016 referendum 60% of Ealing’s electorate voted to remain in the EU. At a meeting of the full council in April 2018, a motion was backed that called for the government to guarantee the rights of all EU citizens to live and work in the UK and to give both parliament and the British public the final say on any Brexit deal.
View the report, 'Preparations for exiting the European Union'.