Britain today formally leaves the European Union. However, Hounslow Council will continue to fly the EU flag at Hounslow House. Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, explains why.
Published: Friday, 31st January 2020
Cllr 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, and a place which embraces diversity and which EU citizens can call home.”
Cllr Curran talking to staff from European countries such as Poland, Croatia, Germany, Norway and Romania, reassuring them that the council values their contribution not only in Hounslow but also London and the country.
For support and information about Brexit, including how to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, visit the Brexit section of the council’s website.