Council highlights EU Settlement Scheme for Bucks residents who are EU nationals

  |  Published: Apr 10th 2019
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Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council.

As Britain negotiates its departure from the European Union, the complex nature of the debate and argument has meant that the ongoing position of EU nationals after Brexit has sometimes been unclear.

That's why Buckinghamshire County Council is backing the current Government campaign to highlight the EU Settlement Scheme. This scheme allows residents who are EU citizens and their close family to continue to live, work and study in the UK, and to remain eligible for public services such as healthcare, school education, and public funds including pensions.

The scheme also applies to citizens of Switzerland and the EEA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Irish citizens do not need to apply, as their continuing right to live and work in the UK is unaffected by Brexit.

Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council Martin Tett said: "EU nationals are very much part of our community and economy in Bucks, and this will remain so after Britain leaves the EU. I'd like to encourage all EU, Swiss or EEA nationals who live or work here to consider applying for settled status – it's a fairly simple process, and provides a wide range of advantages to you and your close family."

The Council has taken practical steps to support the roll-out of the EU Settlement Scheme, and advice and support is available at registrars and libraries. More information on the Council’s support for EU residents can be found here: https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/libraries/in-the-library/eu-settlement-scheme-how-your-library-can-help/

To find out more about applying for settled status, go to the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/eusettledstatus

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