Derek Thomas MP for West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly welcomes an open letter from the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Leadership Board to EU nationals living in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, encouraging them to apply for settled status.
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 20 January 2019 declaring the EU Settled Status application would no longer carry a £65 fee, 13 leaders signed the letter urging EU nationals wishing to remain in the UK to submit their applications when they open on 30 March 2019.
The letter recognises the commitment, dedication, skills, diversity EU nationals have brought to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Mr Thomas, who held a meeting for EU Nationals in order to feedback their concerns to Government shortly after initial announcements were made about applications for settled status commented, “it is vital that EU Nationals living in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly know that they are valued citizens.”
“The Government wants people to stay and to keep families together. I hugely value the contributions that EU nationals make to the economic, social and cultural fabric of the UK. I urge any EU or British national that is still concerned about their rights to get in touch at email@example.com”
Board chairman, Cornwall Council Leader Adam Paynter, said: “Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have long supported EU nationals working and living here. With or without Brexit, that hasn’t changed.
“EU nationals make a positive contribution to our communities and local industries. We thank you for choosing Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to call your home and encourage you to submit your applications in order to stay here.
“If you are one of the 18,000 EU nationals living in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly, we recognise this is your home too. We want to reassure you that you are valued members of our community and encourage you to secure your right to continue living and working here after Brexit.”
Cornwall Council will offer a service to help scan ID documents and is working with a number of voluntary organisations to find ways to support vulnerable people with the scheme.
Further information is available at www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families
To view the full letter please visit: www.cornwall.gov.uk/media/36782359/euss-open-letter.pdf