UKIP London Assembly member Peter Whittle slams the flying of the EU flag at City Hall today

Published May 23, 2016

PETER.jpgPeter Whittle AM, the UKIP Group leader on the London Assembly has today criticised the flying of the EU flag at City Hall today. This is the first time it has been flown outside City Hall. 

The usual protocol was to have a Union Flag flanked by two City Hall flags, one of which was occasionally changed during state visits or in solidarity with countries which had suffered terror attacks. 

Peter Whittle said, "I was amazed today to discover that one of the first acts of Sadiq Khan has been to order the flying of the EU flag from City Hall. He just couldn't wait to display where his true loyalties lie. It is extraordinary.

"Luckily there is an opportunity to make sure that the EU flag is never flown outside City Hall again and that is a Leave vote in the forthcoming EU Referendum.

"It is also extraordinary that the English flag has not been flying from City Hall. London is the capital of England and we know full well that the Scottish and Welsh flags fly from their capital city's. So why not England? Seems to me to be most inappropriate.

"Speaking of flags I would also note that since the abolition of the GLC in 1986, there has been no coat of arms or flag or other symbol created for Greater London other than the flag for City Hall. There is a flag and coat of arms for the City of London but not for Greater London. 

"Perhaps there should be one and I would think that might be something we could open up to a competition of all Londoners to design so that we can fly a flag at City Hall all of London can rally behind."

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