LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND. Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool signs a letter to EU residents encouraging them to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. 12 December 2019. Picture: Jennifer Bruce/Liverpool City Council.
MAYOR of Liverpool Joe Anderson is writing to EU citizens in the city to assure them their contribution to life in Liverpool is “deeply valued”.
The letter, which is being sent to more than 5,300 EU citizens who
are on the open electoral register, urges them to apply to the EU settlement
scheme (EUSS) which is open to people from other countries in the EU27 and
people from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
Mayor Anderson writes: “Liverpool has always been an international
city and we are one of the UK’s most diverse communities. In particular, we are
fiercely proud of our long relationship with Europe, through sport, culture and
“From Scandinavian seafarers bringing us Scouse in the eighteenth
century to the Greeks and Italians who made Liverpool their home in the
nineteenth, our bonds with Europe are longstanding and strong.
“And in more recent years, we are also proud that so many EU
citizens have chosen to become part of Liverpool’s story. They make our city a
better place, opening our eyes to the world when they become our colleagues,
neighbours and friends.”
He adds: “Please rest assured that we want our European Scousers
to remain in Liverpool. We value what you bring to our city and know that we
are all the richer for it.”
The deadlines for applying to the EUSS are 31 December 2020 if the
UK leaves the EU without a deal and 30 June 2021 if there is deal. If successful,
people are granted settled or pre-settled status. There is no fee to apply and
most people are able to complete the application quickly online.
Until the end of September, 10,770 of Liverpool’s EU citizens had
applied to the EUSS.
People wanting to sign up to the EU settlement scheme can find out
more at www.gov.uk/brexit.
If people need advice with their application there is also support
available from Citizens Advice and Migrant Help.