Town hall bosses have vowed to continue flying the EU flag from its headquarters on Tooley Street, despite the UK leaving the EU at 11pm today.
The move is a “clear show of solidarity” with the borough’s 41,000 European residents, said officials.
However, nearby City Hall will be removing its EU flag a Mayoral spokesperson told the News yesterday.
“As far as Southwark is concerned EU nationals from the 27 EU member states remain part of our diverse and vibrant communities,” said Cllr Victoria Mills, who holds the Brexit portfolio.
“EU nationals are our brothers and sisters, our partners, parents and neighbours.
“They have settled here in Southwark and make a huge contribution to the growth, prosperity, culture and community of our borough.
“For Southwark we are crystal clear that this is not a matter for debate and EU residents should never be treated no less favourably as they are at present.”
The decision has been welcomed by opposition Liberal Democrat councillor, Victor Chamberlain.
“Delighted to have sought assurances and got confirmation that the EU Flag will continue to fly from [Southwark Council] offices after tomorrow.”
Town hall bosses have also urged European citizens in the borough to apply for settled status by December 31.
Details can be found at www.gov.uk/eusettledstatus.
Sepcific help with the application for Southwark residents can be found by calling 0300 123 7379 or visiting www.southwark.gov.uk/EUsettlement.