Council wants EU citizens to stay


The Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Leadership Board has issued an open letter to EU nationals living in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, encouraging them to apply for settled status.

The board’s 14 leaders have added their names to the letter urging EU nationals wishing to remain in the UK to submit their applications before the deadline passes on June 30.

Latest Government figures show that more than 10,700 people living in Cornwall have so far applied to the scheme, but there are likely to be many more who still need to apply.

Leaders from across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have made clear their desire to support EU residents and to safeguard Cornwall’s reputation as an open and welcoming place.

The letter, signed by Julian German, Leader of Cornwall Council, and Robert Francis, chairman of the Council of the Isles of Scilly, recognises the commitment, dedication, skills and diversity EU nationals have brought to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

German said: “Our message is clear. We want our EU residents to stay, and we will support them in continuing to make Cornwall their home.

“We want to ensure that no-one who is eligible and wants to remain here is left behind. We need to reach out to vulnerable groups and those who may not even know they need to apply to the scheme.

“If you know of someone who is eligible to apply to the EUSS who hasn’t yet applied, please encourage them to do so.”

If you, or someone you know, is having difficulties applying for settled status, please contact Inclusion Cornwall on 01872 326440 or by email at

Further support is available from Citizens Advice Cornwall. Call 03333 440061 for free EUSS advice and support. Alternatively, email or text ADVICE EUSS to 78866 and a member of the team will call you back.

Read the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Leadership Board open letter in full here.