What happens to the Union flag if Scotland goes independent?
The Saltire of St Andrew has been paired with the St George’s Cross since 1606. When James VI of Scotland became James I of England, the two flags were combined to create the Flag of Great Britain (also known as the King’s Colours). In 1801 the St Patrick’s flag was added to the design to create the Union that we know and recognise today.
According to the College of Arms, the authority for official flags for the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Countries, an independent Scotland would have no effect on the current Union flag. It is understood that even as an independent state, Scotland would retain Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state and therefore the Union flag would not need to be affected.
Likely to divide opinion in both Scotland and the rest of the UK, it would be interesting to see the public reaction to an unchanged Union flag should Scotland move forward with a second referendum and especially if they voted for independence.
Whilst the future of Scottish independence is still unclear, we patiently await further information on how an independent Scotland would affect vexillology and the flags that we have all come to recognise. What is certain, however, is that whatever the future for Scotland, Flagmakers will continue to provide premium quality flags and flagpoles for clients across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
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