On 26 November 2018, Oxford City Council adopted a cross-party motion endorsing the Oxford European Charter.
This follows the Oxford European Association (OEA)'s adoption of the Charter on 23rd October 2018.
Dr Ruvi Ziegler, Chair of the OEA and of New Europeans UK gave a public address in council.
Oxford European Charter
1) We, the undersigned, are determined that Oxford should remain an international, open, and welcoming European city.
2) We believe that, irrespective of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, rights of EU27 citizens who have made their homes here should be fully maintained and, that their electoral participation rights should be extended, to make our democracy more inclusive.
3) We call on the Government, Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford City Council, and all employers, institutions and authorities in the Oxford area to do all they can to respect, protect, and fulfil the rights to which EU27 citizens are entitled, and to ensure they are not discriminated against in any way.
4) In particular, we call for EU27 citizens living in Oxford, Oxfordshire, and elsewhere in the UK to have rights to:
a) Live, work, study, and retire in the UK
b) Lifelong guarantee that they can leave the UK and return thereto
c) Retain their existing right to vote in all local government elections
d) Be suitably enfranchised in national elections and referendums
e) Be able to register for settled status without onerous proof or excessive cost
f) Naturalise, should they wish to do so, at the cost of administration
5) We recognise the hugely valuable contribution that migrants, from the rest of Europe and around the world, have made to our city, and are making to the culture, prosperity and success of Oxford and the surrounding area.
6) We the undersigned support the aims and objectives of this charter. We pledge to campaign to ensure they are met in Oxford, Oxfordshire, and elsewhere in the UK.
To help us make this a reality, we ask you to please do the following:
1. Please sign and share the attached Oxford European Charter Oxford European Charter
2. Contact your MP, local councillor, local institutions, and employers, and ask them to sign and support the Charter.