Boris warned he will be history if he orders UK councils to fly EU flag in new cash deal

GB News: Nigel Farage hits back at new EU flag rules

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The flag of gold stars on a blue background is “required” to be displayed around “every piece of signage, pavement sticker, or temporary public realm adaption” funded under the EU scheme, according to government guidance. But the Prime Minister has been told that ordering council leaders to fly the flag in exchange for money to revive high streets will damage his reputation.

Hundreds of Express.co.uk readers have hit out at the bloc for forcing England’s councils to show the emblem despite the country breaking ties with Brussels last year.

One reader’s dire warning for Mr Johnson was backed by 223 other readers.

The person said: “Either Boris says no or he is history.

“As a sovereign nation we take instructions from no one else under any circumstances, especially a trading group we have left.”

Another opponent of the initiative argued that the cash does not belong to the EU, but to the British people.

They said: “It’s NOT their money. It’s what the UK Taxpayer has paid in!”

And yet a third said the EU flag should not be erected at council building, saying “it’s an insult to see it flying here”.

A fourth branded it a “blatant in-your-face insult” if councils are forced to display the flag.

Some even questioned if there would be a “few cheeky ways around” the rule.

And one particularly annoyed reader said if Remainers are looking for any more evidence why rejoining the EU would be a disaster for the UK they should look no further than the scheme.

The person said if the EU is using such tactics after Britain has left, it would only “bleed this country dry upon rejoining”.

Another person who described themself as a “staunch supporter of leaving the European Union” who does not “want to be under their control ever again” criticised the scheme.

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However, they argued that “Britain should not be accepting money from the European Union” in the first place.

Guidance issued to local authorities by the communities ministry has said the EU flag must be visibly seen in places where money from the scheme has been used.

The order means thousands of blue and gold flags are set to pop up at official buildings and public spaces.

The rule is imposed by Brussels but enforced by Whitehall.

Britain chose to accept the requirements when it was given money from the European Regional Development Fund to help with the reopening of its economy.

While every council will get some cash injection, Birmingham, which voted Leave, has landed over £1million in funding.

Liberal Democrat frontbencher Christine Jardine hit out at the allocation.

She said: “This shows the absurd hypocrisy of this Conservative government.

“They have spent years denouncing EU projects and pulling the UK out of funding schemes like this, and now they have the gall to trumpet a fund made possible by exactly the sort of

European cooperation they are turning their backs on.

“Instead of worrying about displaying the EU flag, the government should be working hard to support the thousands of struggling high street businesses – starting with extending the furlough scheme that’s due to taper off next week.”

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