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Government’s flag policy mocked as like ‘episode of Thick of It’ – follow Brexit live

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Ministers are being criticised for their “obsessive” new Union Jack policy, which will require the flag to be flown every day on all UK government buildings in Britain – and planning permission to fly an EU flag.

SNP MP Mhairi Black wondered if the idea had been “inspired by Tory ministers watching an episode ofThe Thick of It, rather than a serious government”.

“While the Tories obsess about flags and symbols – because they have nothing positive to say and no credible policies – the SNP Scottish government will continue to focus on bringing the country safely through the pandemic,” she said.

Meanwhile, UK secretary of state for Wales, Simon Hart, added he did not think the union flag should be used for “political purposes”.

“I think that would be a strange thing to do, [to] sort of try and make a political point out of it,” he said.

Currently, union flags are only required to be flown on designated days but new guidance will ask for it to be flown all the time as a “proud reminder of our history and the ties that bind us”.

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Ministers have ordered the union flag to be flown every day on all UK government buildings in Britain under new guidance that also states planning permission will be needed to fly an EU flag.

The government has also “cut red tape” to allow “dual flagging” – where two flags can be flown on one pole. Where organisations have two flag poles, they can fly the union flag alongside another flag.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said “deemed consent” would now exist for NHS flags to be flown alongside the union flag.

My colleague Chiara Giordano reports:

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