All UK Government buildings in England, Wales and Scotland are set to fly the union flag every day, following new guidance from the culture department.
At the present, flags are only required to be flown on certain days such as the Queen’s birthday.
Government buildings in Northern Ireland are covered by different legislation.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden described the flag as “a proud reminder of our history and the ties that bind us”.
The guidance released by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport department says the union flag should be flown every day except on those occasions where another flag is being flown.
The guidance will only start to apply from the summer.
Announcing the new guidance, 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 – this guidance will ensure that happens every day.”
Conservative MP Sir John Hayes welcomed the move saying: “I think we just don’t fly our flag enough – if you go to capitals of other countries, around the heart of those capitals, particularly government buildings, you routinely see the flag of that country flying.
“So it does seem to me something that unifies the country, that brings us together, that allows us to share in our national pride – what’s wrong with that? And after this year, bringing the country together around the flag couldn’t be more apposite.”
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