Portuguese community in Grantham told ‘no need to worry’ following EU referendum

Connie Bruno, of PT Connections, Mayor of Grantham Coun Linda Wootten and Portuguese Consul General Carlo de Sousa Amaro meet in the Mayor's Parlour.
Connie Bruno, of PT Connections, Mayor of Grantham Coun Linda Wootten and Portuguese Consul General Carlo de Sousa Amaro meet in the Mayor's Parlour.
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People in the Portuguese community in Grantham ‘should not worry about their future in the UK following the EU referendum’.

That is the message from a Grantham woman who works to build links between the Portuguese and communities in Grantham.

Connie Bruno, a Portuguese woman who has lived in the town for 18 years, says people are worried about their futures.

Mrs Bruno said: “There are people in the Portuguese community who are concerned. I say to them don’t worry and wait and see.

“There are people who are vulnerable or who are on benefits who are scared. But I think it will affect those people who are thinking of coming here after the referendum.”

Mrs Bruno has met with the Mayor of Grantham, Councillor Linda Wootten, and the Portuguese General Consul, Carlos de Sousa Amaro, who was on a courtesy visit last week.

Mrs Bruno said that although she had been given no guarantees about the future for Portuguese nationals, she remains positive. She said: “Nobody has an answer. But I don’t think there will be any trouble for those people who have been here a long time and who are working.”

The consul spoke with Mrs Bruno and Coun Wootten about the possibility of a Memorandum of Understanding whereby an agreement is made between the Portuguese community and the rest of the Grantham community to work together in each other’s interests.