The flag, seen as a symbol of Brussels continued domination, still flutters over many civic buildings in the UK despite the country’s decision in June to quit the EU.
However more than 16,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Government to take the symbolic step and remove all EU flags, emblems and logos from all public buildings in the UK.
The move was backed by the Bruges Group, which was founded to promote and uphold the ideas Margaret Thatcher expressed in her famous Bruges Speech in 1988 when she argued that the tide of opinion on the continent was towards centralising the structure of the European institutions – and this would be unsuitable for Britain’s national identity and democracy.
But the Government has rejected the calls and claims it is “in order for EU flags and symbols to be used in UK Government buildings” while the UK remains a member of the club.
In its official response to the petition, a spokesman from the Department for Exiting the EU said: “The Prime Minister has made clear that we will be leaving the EU. Until that time there will be no immediate changes to our relationship with the EU.
“The UK will remain a member of the EU with all of the rights and obligations that membership entails.
“Flag flying is deregulated and any individual or organisation may fly any flag they wish to do so at any time, as long as they have the necessary planning permission.
“While the UK is a member of the EU it is in order for EU flags and symbols to be used in UK Government buildings.
“It is protocol – not policy – that governs the flying of flags in the United Kingdom.
“The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is responsible for informing UK Government Buildings of the designated days for the flying of the Union Flag.
“There are currently 21 designated days, which include Royal birthdays and anniversaries, UK Saint’s days and International days.
“The designated days for flying the Union Flag on Government buildings have been set to mark special occasions by command of Her Majesty the Queen and on the advice of Government. Any additions or changes must be discussed with the Lord Chamberlain’s Office. There are currently no plans to change the list.”
Speaking last night Robert Oulds, director of the Bruges Group, said: “The people have spoken, and they have chosen Brexit. The time for sycophancy towards Brussels, for doffing our caps to foreign institutions and courts, is over.
“That’s why we called for European flags to be pulled down. It’s a shame the Government refuses to see this. “
If the petition reaches 100,000 signatures, it will be eligible for a debate in the House of Commons. To sign the petition log on to: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/142279