After today, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will no longer be a member of the European Union. What does this mean for the Charter?

Although many things between the UK – EU Relationship after Brexit still have to be figured out, the Mayors’ Meeting of our network decided last summer, to adopt an adjusted version of our statutes. Article 4 (concerning Membership Requirements) has been adapted. From that moment, members from non-EU countries could join the Charter as well. Thereafter, the Mayors’ Meeting also decided to grant Desborough full membership of the Charter if and when the UK decides to leave the EU.So, for Desborough as a member of the Charter of European Rural Communities, not much will change after today!

President Boy Scholtze travelled to Desborough last weekend to formalise this decision taken by the Mayors’ Meeting, by signing an official Declaration on the Continuation of Membership.

“I’m glad to conclude that both Desborough and the other members in our network are not saying goodbye to each other. We do not want to loose an old friend by decisions taken in Brussels or London. No matter what your personal opinion is regarding this topic, our network is about friendship and People meeting People. We focus on the things we have in common, rather than our differences. Desborough has been an important member of our network since the beginning and I’m grateful for them remaining a part of it for the upcoming decades as well.”