Brent residents voice concerns about Brexit at public meeting

15 January 2019

The home of London's biggest community of EU nationals, Brent, hosted a public meeting about Brexit on 14 January 2019. Over 75 residents attended the ‘Time to Talk' public meeting’, on the eve of the vote in Parliament on the government's Brexit deal. 55,000 EU nationals live in Brent, the highest number of any London borough.

A wide range of questions about the Brexit were raised at the meeting, from how EU nationals could continue living and working in the UK to access to mental and physical health services.

Brent Council is working hard to provide advice about Brexit to EU nationals living in our borough. This includes sharing information about the EU settlement scheme to enable EU nationals to register to remain in the UK and other details on a dedicated Brexit webpage.

On 26 November 2018, Brent Council, passed a motion calling on Parliament to, 'entrust the British people with a meaningful vote on the final deal; with options to remain in the European Union upon the ballot paper.'

Cllr Muhammed Butt, Brent Council Leader, said: "I am incredibly proud that there are more EU nationals living in Brent than any other London borough. They are our friends, neighbours and colleagues and they make our community in Brent stronger, more prosperous and more diverse and open.’

'We've been working hard since June 2016 to give EU nationals in Brent the information they need about Brexit. It was important to hear the concerns of residents at the public meeting and to understand what more we need to be doing to support them.  As a council, we will continue to call for the government to give the British people a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal."