Union jack to be flown on British government buildings – but planning permission now needed for EU flag

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.

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.”

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.

However, planning regulations introduced in England in 2007 to allow the EU flag to be flown on public buildings without planning permission will be removed following Brexit.

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden said: “The union flag unites us as a nation and people rightly expect it to be flown above UK government buildings.

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