Britain has officially left the EU, but in our hugely diverse capital not everyone is happy about the impact Brexit may have.
Local councils across London are helping EU nationals to apply to settle in the city and working hard to make them still feel welcome, and Hounslow is no exception.
Hounslow Council has decided to continue to fly the EU flag at Hounslow House, and council leader Steve Curran has explained why.
Councillor Curran said: “Although the decision to leave the EU has been made, we know there is still a lot of uncertainty and concern among our EU citizens, their families and employers, as well as local businesses and organisations.
“Our EU citizens, many of whom work for the council and our partners such as schools, health and social care services, and the police, contribute a huge amount to the diversity and rich culture of the borough.
“They are our friends, neighbours and loved ones, and we want them to stay.
“They’ve also brought a huge amount to our local economy. Their skills, innovation and hard work has been at the heart of the fantastic business growth we’ve seen in the borough, and the jobs and opportunities that creates for residents.
“As well as the council advising and supporting them as best we can, we want to make sure they continue to feel welcome as valued members of our communities.
“We’re going to keep flying the EU flag as a symbol that we remain an internationalist borough, a gateway to London for people and business, a place which embraces diversity and which EU citizens can call home.”