Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon has drawn criticism over new Scottish government flag flying guidance that reveals how “the First Minister has instructed that the European flag is flown from Scottish Government buildings on a daily basis except for specific flag flying dates.”
Shockingly the rules also sideline the beloved Union flag, with the Express reporting that it can only be flown on official buildings on Remembrance Sunday.
Top Tory MSP Dean Lockhart told the Express that: “The UK has left the EU so Nicola’s Sturgeon’s personal decision to order the flying of the EU flag on Scottish Government buildings makes no sense.
“It reconfirms the SNP’s refusal to accept referendum results and their ongoing focus on constitutional issues at the expense of more important priorities.
“But we should not be surprised. Like all Nationalists, Sturgeon is obsessed with flags. This reflects an ongoing pattern of behaviour.”
He was joined in his criticism by Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross, who said that “most Scots will shake their heads in disbelief” at the barmy rules. He warned Sturgeon to focus on the coronavirus pandemic instead of petty “token gestures” about the EU flag.
Sturgeon has been under intense political pressure in recent weeks because of the sluggish pace of the Scottish government’s vaccine roll-out.
The pace has increased rapidly in recent days, after a crack squad of top logistic experts from the British Army was sent north of the border to inject a new sense of urgency into the operation.
Scotland voted to remain a part of the United Kingdom in a “once in a lifetime” referendum on Scottish independence in September 2014 and left the European Union with the rest of the UK on January 31 2020.
More than one million Scottish voters backed Brexit in the UK-wide referendum, which remains the largest single exercise in democracy in the country’s history.