EU event in Hatfield hailed a success

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 January 2018

The European Voices event in Hatfield has been hailed a success. Picture: Michal Siewniak.

The European Voices event in Hatfield has been hailed a success. Picture: Michal Siewniak.

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An event in Hatfield that was designed to help clarify the UK’s position on securing EU citizens’ rights has been hailed a success.

European Voices, which was held at Hatfield fire station last week, provided visitors with the chance to ask questions about their status in the UK.

Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps was among those attending the event, which was organised by pro-EU organisation New Europeans.

Michal Siewniak, East of England regional coordinator for New Europeans, said: “I felt that the evening was a fantastic opportunity to get some clarity, where possible, on EU citizens’ rights.

“It also allowed us to let our MP know that we want to be part of the decision making process and we want our voices and concerns to be heard.”

MP Shapps said that it is “absolutely essential” that EU nationals feel secure about their future and stressed that Britain will remain a tolerant place that will welcome those who have a contribution to make.

“As we exit the EU, I think it’s absolutely essential that European nationals living in the UK feel a sense of security about their future,” he added.

“I strongly welcome the December 2017 agreement, which makes it clear that anyone who is here now, or indeed anyone who arrives here from the EU prior to our actually leaving on March 29, 2019, will be most welcome to stay.”

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