The ‘Brexit and You’ information session held in Watford last week has been hailed “inspiring, informative and very well attended!”

Hosted by Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor, Deputy Mayor Karen Collett, and Councillor Aga Dychton, the session enabled attendees – many of whom were local residents – to discuss the issue of EU Citizens Rights.

The organisers were delighted to welcome Oxford Councillor and former Lord Mayor of Oxford and Secretary of the Oxford European Association,
John Tanner who spoke about the importance of setting up a similar network in Hertfordshire. Tanner said: “We hope this event will encourage participants to support a Watford European Association, network which will provide a voice and platform for many EU citizens living in West Hertfordshire”. 

Michal Siewniak, New Europeans UK Board Member said: “The event provided a fantastic opportunity to bring together many local residents and learn how so-called EU Settled Status will affect many Europeans in the West Hertfordshire. Our get together was a superb democratic exercise which enabled us all to be better connected with local politicians and
decision making bodies”.

Peter Taylor, Mayor of Watford said: “This was a really informative evening, discussing Brexit and what it means for EU nationals living in Watford. Over 40 people from all backgrounds attended. I’m proud to be the Mayor of such a diverse community and am so grateful for the contributions made by people of all nationalities. Whatever your views on
Brexit, I hope everyone would agree that it is important that we have more clarity and EU nationals receive necessary, accurate information.”

Zayn Quereshi, New Europeans Watford, added: “The formation of a Watford European Association offers a profound opportunity to engage our EU27 family in Watford in active citizenship on the local level. This comes at a timely moment amidst the Brexit drama. But moving away from that issue – the WEA is our chance to progress citizenship for all through
the mechanism of localism.”