The United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on 31st October 2019, with or without an agreement governing this departure and the ongoing future relationship between the UK & the EU. The Catholic Church in England and Wales stands in solidarity with all EU citizens who have made their home here, many of whom are an integral and valued part of our parishes, schools and communities, including here in the Diocese of Nottingham. The Church has experienced first-hand the extensive contribution that people from across Europe have made to our society and recognises the evidence that immigration from the rest of Europe, and from further afield, has not undermined opportunities for British citizens, but rather has brought considerable economic and social benefits. However, the law concerning the free movement of people will be changing as a result of decisions taken since the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU, and EU, EEA & Swiss citizens must apply to the settlement scheme if they are to protect their existing rights and place in our society. British citizens & Irish citizens do not need to apply. There is no fee for applying to this scheme – it is free of charge. Please visit gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families for more information.