On Monday 27th November, New Europeans hosted ‘Brexit – What You Can Do’ at Europe House to inform members of the public on the latest information obtainable on Brexit and discuss available options for EU Londoners in response to it.
In this tumultuous and anxiety-driven political climate since the referendum, it comes as no surprise that many – both EU and British citizens – are filled with anxiety, worry and concern about what the future holds. Yet, this is not to suggest that there is no sense of hope on the ground. The evening was filled with positive responses throughout, including:
“We are not victims – we are out doing things to fight for our rights!”
People are coming together to think of solutions, such as handing more power to communities by creating a local migration strategy. Giving more power to local councils to register people could be one way to avoid the problems associated with processing millions of applications through the Home Office. The Home Office is too susceptible to short-term requests from politicians. This localised approach would allow for the social and economic needs of the people on the ground (both present communities and newcomers) to be addressed in an adequate manner.
Likewise, councillors are also taking steps towards reassuring their residents that they are people fighting for their rights and that they are supported. One example is Councillor Linda Wade, a Liberal Democrat, who recently sent out a letter to all the residents in her ward Earl’s Court, demonstrating her support and determination to fight for EU citizens’ rights and encouraging them to register to vote before the Local Elections next May 2018.
New Europeans launched their newest comprehensive guide on Surviving Brexit this evening too: this is Part I of a two-part post-Brexit guide for EU citizens living in the UK, sharing general information on citizenship and rights to help make them choices about their future. Whilst this is not a substitute for legal advice, this guide is aimed at attempting to lift the confusion surrounding EU citizens’ current situation since Brexit.
New Europeans is now aspiring to create a network of people who can reach into their communities with reliable information on Brexit, offer support and suggest places people can turn to have their anxieties and concerns lifted. New Europeans will offer support, training, information and updates to interested individuals who would like to participate as a Community Contact. We will be coming together for a first meeting in January 2018. If this is something that interests you, or you would like to put forward someone who you believe would like to participate, please contact one of our team members for more information.
Wiktoria Schulz, Community & Engagement - Wiktoria@neweuropeans.net
Bella Kosmala, Programmes Development Bella.Kosmala@neweuropeans.net