Advice to EU Citizens if the UK leaves the EU on the 31 January (2)

MQT on 2020-01-16
Session date: 
January 16, 2020
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A number of EU Londoners will be concerned that if they leave the UK before applying for either settled status or pre-settled status, they may not be allowed to re-enter the UK. This is not the case, but it is a concern that many EU Londoners are reported to have. How are you working to make sure EU Londoners feel confident to travel outside of the UK after January 2020 without concern that this may impact their ability to apply for settled status?


Advice to EU Citizens if the UK leaves the EU on the 31 January (2)

Advice to EU Citizens if the UK leaves the EU on the 31 January (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London is home to over 1 million EU citizens. As Mayor, I am committed to doing everything in my power to ensure they and their families can secure their right to stay in the UK after Brexit.

Over the past year I have provided free guidance and advice to EU Londoners on the EU Settlement Scheme, creating an EU Londoners Hub containing important information about the steps EU Londoners need to take to protect their rights.

To ensure the message is heard by as many EU Londoners as possible, we have organised a number of free public events in partnership with lawyers so Europeans can receive advice, including in relation to travelling outside the UK.

We will continue to reach out to European Londoners with reassurance and advice in 2020. As well as continuing to use social media and emails to reach EU Londoners, we have just awarded an additional £60,000 worth of micro-grants to twelve community organisations providing direct support and advice to the most vulnerable groups throughout 2020.