Group set up for EU nationals

Some of the EU nationals who came along to the Forum Caf� in Hexham to voice their concerns. Picture by Dr Clark Davison.
Some of the EU nationals who came along to the Forum Caf� in Hexham to voice their concerns. Picture by Dr Clark Davison.

A new group to support EU nationals, which was set up in Tynedale, would welcome members from elsewhere in Northumberland.

The area is – as it was in AD122 – a melting pot of nationalities. Now, in AD2017, there are around 300 EU nationals on the electoral role.

A week last Wednesday, some of Tynedale’s EU nationals – originally from Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain – came from their homes in places such as Hexham, Ponteland and Prudhoe to the Forum Café.

They voiced their concerns about long-established rights which may now be at risk as the UK Government has not committed itself to guaranteeing the rights of EU nationals living in this country.

The main concerns of those who came along were the right to stay in the UK after Brexit, entitlement to NHS services and state pension (having paid NI and PAYE), right to keep own nationality, employment rights and the future of NHS services without the input of medical staff from other EU countries.

They were strongly supported by their British partners, as well as other British citizens with family and friends in other EU countries.

The group is now asking to meet with the area’s MP, Guy Opperman, to voice concerns and ask direct questions.

It welcomes supporters from Tynedale and beyond. Email tynedaleeu@hotmail.com for more information.