City Council launches European initiative

Published: Monday, 17th October 2016

Whilst the result of last June’s referendum on European Union membership will have repercussions across the UK, it is likely to have a particularly profound effect on Oxford, an international city that benefits hugely from people from other European countries coming to work here.

The City Council is proposing to set up an Oxford European Association, an initiative aimed at giving a voice to the non-British Europeans in our city. An inaugural meeting will take place on 19 October at 7.30pm in the Town Hall, St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1BX.

Anyone interested is welcome to attend and representatives from Poland, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Portugal and other European countries have already confirmed their attendance along with councillors from all political parties and council officers.

Cllr John Tanner, Board Member for a Clean and Green Oxford, will chair the inaugural meeting. He said: “We want to express our determination that Oxford should remain an international city with strong connections to the European community. This meeting will be a chance for people to voice concerns, express opinions and ask practical questions about life in a post-Brexit Oxford.

“The Council is determined that Oxford should remain an international city and will continue to thrive with non-British Europeans welcome to live, work, study and visit the city.”