Inspiring, informative and very well attended! The ‘Brexit and You Q & A Session Event in Watford on 28 February was a huge success.
The event, hosted by Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor, Deputy Mayor Karen Collett and Cllr Aga Dychton, engaged with many residents and enabled attendees to discuss the issue of EU Citizens Rights.
The organisers were delighted to welcome Cllr John Tanner, Oxford Cllr, and former Lord Mayor of Oxford and Secretary of the Oxford European Association.
Cllr Tanner spoke about the importance of setting up a similar network in Hertfordshire and we hope that our event will encourage participants to support a Watford European Association, network which will provide a voice & platform for many EU citizens living in West Hertfordshire.
We were grateful to Chris Benn, our main speaker & immigration lawyer, who gave a very detailed and comprehensive presentation on EU Settled Status Scheme. Q and A session, which followed Christopher’s presentation, prompted attendees to ask many intriguing questions.
Michal Siewniak, New Europeans UK Board Member said:
“The event provided a fantastic opportunity to bring together many local residents and learn how so called EU Settled Status will affect many Europeans in the West Hertfordshire. Our get together was a superb democratic exercise which enabled us all to be better connected with local politicians and decision making bodies”.
Peter Taylor, Mayor of Watford said:
“This was a really informative evening, discussing Brexit and what it means for EU nationals living in Watford. Over 40 people from all backgrounds attended. I’m proud to be the Mayor of such a diverse community and am so grateful for the contributions made by people of all nationalities. Whatever your views on Brexit, I hope everyone would agree that it is important that we have more clarity and EU nationals receive necessary, accurate information.”
Zayn Quereshi, New Europeans Watford, added:
"The formation of a Watford European Association offers a profound opportunity to engage our EU27 family in Watford in active citizenship on the local level. This comes at a timely moment amidst the Brexit drama. But moving away from that issue – the WEA is our chance to progress citizenship for all through the mechanism of localism."