Sturgeon orders that the EU flag is kept flying over Scottish government buildings despite Brexit


Nicola Sturgeon orders that the EU flag is kept flying over Scottish government buildings despite Brexit

  • New rules demanded by Sturgeon state the EU flag should be flown every day
  • It will feature with Scotland’s national flag – the Saltire – but not the Union Flag
  • The Union Flag will only be flown once a year – on remembrance day –  outside Scottish government offices, as Sturgeon seeks a fresh vote on independence

Nicola Sturgeon has ordered that the EU flag must be flown on Scottish government buildings – even though the UK has left the bloc.

New rules demanded by the First Minister state that the European Union flag should be flown every day along with the Saltire.

But the Union Flag will only be flown once a year, on Remembrance Day, outside Scottish government offices.

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon has ordered that the EU flag must be flown on Scottish government buildings – even though the UK has left the bloc. Pictured: The Union flag, the Saltire and EU flag flying outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh

It has led to fresh claims that Miss Sturgeon refuses to accept the results of referendums she doesn’t agree with.

She is seeking a fresh vote on Scottish independence after losing one in 2014 – and, despite Brexit, she wants Scotland to rejoin the EU. 

Conservative MSP Dean Lockhart said: ‘The UK has left the EU, so Nicola Sturgeon’s personal decision to order the flying of the EU flag on Scottish government buildings makes no sense.

‘It reconfirms the SNP’s refusal to accept referendum results and their ongoing focus on constitutional issues at the expense of more important priorities. But we should not be surprised. Like all nationalists, Sturgeon is obsessed with flags.’

It comes amid a row between the First Minister and her predecessor, Alex Salmond, who claims she misled the Scottish parliament about when she knew of sex assault complaints against him. 

He was cleared of wrongdoing in the High Court.

The move has led to fresh claims that Miss Sturgeon (pictured on February 17) refuses to accept the results of referendums she doesn’t agree with. She is seeking a fresh vote on Scottish independence after losing one in 2014 – and, despite Brexit, she wants Scotland to rejoin the EU

The move has led to fresh claims that Miss Sturgeon (pictured on February 17) refuses to accept the results of referendums she doesn’t agree with. She is seeking a fresh vote on Scottish independence after losing one in 2014 – and, despite Brexit, she wants Scotland to rejoin the EU

Mrs Sturgeon’s request to keep flying the EU flag – a circle of gold stars on a blue background – emerged in new Scottish Government guidance, which states: ‘The First Minister has instructed that the European flag is flown from Scottish Government buildings on a daily basis except for specific flag flying dates.’

Last year the SNP won a vote to keep the EU flag flying outside Holyrood, the Scottish Parliament building.

A spokesman for the Scottish government said: ‘The EU flag is flown to reflect the overwhelming vote of the people of Scotland to remain in Europe, and as a mark of solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of EU citizens who to call Scotland home despite Brexit.’ 

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