We at the Roma Support Group have put together some information for organisations and individuals who, like ourselves, are struggling to come to terms with the implications and possible ramifications of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
- See further down this page for statements by the Roma Support Group and Migrants Organise.
- See our Brexit Information page for links to further statements from other organisations, blogs, briefings and other documentation relating to Brexit. We will continue to add content as more information becomes available.
Statement from the Roma Support Group on the Outcome of the Referendum on EU Membership, June 2016
Following the outcome of the Referendum on EU Membership the Roma Support Group has issued the following statement:
“This is a difficult time. The majority of people in the UK have said that they want to leave the European Union. This will have an impact on the Roma communities throughout the UK. Roma families have made contributions to this country for many years; through their work and their payment of taxes. Whether they have been born in the UK, or are nationals from other EU countries, Roma women, men and children have rights to live here and to work here. These rights still exist. They can only be removed by an act of Parliament. These rights enable Roma to live and work in the UK, to have their families and dependants with them in the UK, to live in safety – free from harassment – in the UK and for them and their children to use public services (schools and health services) just as any of other UK citizen can do. None of this is changing at present. If and when it does change all Roma communities in the UK will be aware. We ask you to be vigilant for yourselves, and for others. Do not take any hasty decisions. You have every right to live and work and be happy in the UK. Exercise your rights.”
Roza Kotowicz, Chair
Sylvia Ingmire, Chief Executive
Roma Support Group
30 June 2016
Statement from Migrants Organise
The Roma Support Group also endorses the following statement from Migrants Organise:
“Many of members have reported racists and xenophobic verbal attacks in the aftermath of the EU referendum vote. Many of you are also asking questions about what will happen to EU citizens already in the UK. These are uncertain times, but there are two things that are certain:
- All citizens and residents of this country are legally protected against racism and abuse. If you are racially attacked and abused, please record the incident (what happened, where, what time), share it with your community, send it to us and more importantly report it to the police.
- No one is or will be asked to leave the country – if you receive misleading information or advice about this please let us know. All laws and rules that were in place before the referendum, are still in place and will be in place for a long time. There are no details on what happens next, so the rule of law remains as it was last week.
Please remain calm and do not give into provocations, misinformation and despair. Standing with you in power and in solidarity.”