EU citizens and citizens from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, and their family members have just a few days remaining to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, granting them the right to stay after Brexit.
Greens have today urged Brighton & Hove’s EU citizens to apply to stay in the city, as the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) closes for applications on Wednesday 30th June.
As the latest figures show that more than 28,000 EU citizens living in Brighton and Hove have applied for the scheme, the council has been running an information campaign to ensure that any EU citizens remaining do not miss out.
EU citizens and those from Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, and their family members, who do not apply for settled status will lose their right to stay in the country, even if they were born in the UK or have permanent residence. This means they will lose access to their right to continue to work, study and access healthcare and benefits. In a worst case scenario, this could also lead to deportation.
Councillor Marianna Ebel, the council’s Brexit lead said:
“While we remain clear that Brexit has caused devastation for families and that the need to apply for this scheme is unjust; we want to ensure that our EU family stays in the city.
“We are proud of the work Brighton & Hove City Council has been doing to raise awareness of the scheme and help our residents apply – from purchasing scanners to help with document scanning, to personalised support through partner organisations for vulnerable EU citizens and large scale communication campaigns. But we want to ensure that EU citizens who have not yet had the chance to apply do not miss out.”