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Westminster leader pledges support to EU nationals amid Brexit

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DIGEST: Westminster City Council’s leader is writing to 9,000 EU nationals living in the borough to offer support and tell them they remain welcome in the borough despite Brexit.

In her letter, Nickie Aiken (Con) alerts those worried about their continuing residence status to the authority’s new advice service, which includes a website, telephone advice line, and face-to-face appointments, as well as a series of workshops and seminars taking place in various EU countries’ embassies.

Cllr Aiken writes: “Westminster thrives on diversity and I value, and am grateful for, all that you contribute to our city. Therefore, I believe that EU nationals who are living in Westminster deserve to know that they have a long-term home here and are welcome.

“While I will continue to push for the rights of EU citizens in the UK to be clarified and protected, it is important that you know about updates of the negotiations and changes made to your residence status here, if any.

“I remain committed to our EU residents in the city and will do all I can to ensure that you continue to feel that Westminster is your home, now and after Brexit.”

In a statement she added: “I have been vocal in urging the government to do what it can to reassure EU nationals about their status, and our advice line shows local authorities can take the initiative while the national negotiations continue.”

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