The UK government has announced that the UK national flag will soon fly over all government buildings.
The government has told ministries and local governments that on special occasions such as the opening of Parliament and the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, the flag will be hoisted instead of only every day.
Robert Jenrich, secretary of local government, said, “People truly hope that Union Jack will work to blow up city and government buildings across the country.”
The raising of the national flag is less common in the United States than in the United States.
But since the election of Boris Johnson as prime minister in December 2019, the Union Jack has become increasingly visible – a ubiquitous backdrop for interviewing government ministers from their offices or homes.
Its increased visibility is part of a government campaign to emphasize the unity of the United Kingdom at a time when support for Scottish independence is increasing. The red, white and blue union flag brings together the emblem of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, which together with Wales form the United Kingdom.
Some are uncomfortable with visual displays of British patriotism or the flag’s engagement with the British Empire and Brexit.
Under the new rules, any government building that wishes to fly the flag of the European Union will require special permission. The government says the “rules to allow EU flags to be hoisted on public buildings without a permit” will be removed after the EU leaves the European Union.
However, the new rules will not apply to Northern Ireland. There, the establishment of British and Irish flags is a highly sensitive subject subject to complex regulations.