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Holyrood ministers are considering a petition which urges the Scottish Government to “stop flying the flag of an organisation the UK is no longer a member of” – six months after Britain unshackled from the EU. Holyrood’s Petition committee is considering the petition, which calls for the flag to be replaced by a Commonwealth flag, after it was lodged by Philip Smith.
Mr Smith said: “This petition is necessary to ensure the Scottish Government stops flying the flag of an organisation that the United Kingdom is no longer a member of.
“Although we have left the European Union, Scotland is still a member of the Commonwealth.
“The petition should be allowed to test the Scottish people’s view on whether to have the Commonwealth flag flying in place of the European at Scottish Government buildings.
“An example of where this has already taken place in Gibraltar which is now proudly flying the Commonwealth flag.”
Ministers said the flag was a “concrete and visible expression of the value that we place on the contribution that EU nationals have made to our country”, according to The Scotsman.
Ms Sturgeon stepped up her campaign to drag Scotland out of the Union when Britons voted to unshackle from the Brussels bloc in a Brexit referendum in June 2016.
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The SNP has insisted Scotland is on course for a second independence referendum when the UK leaves the bloc.
Scotland’s First Minister is demanding Westminster transfer powers to Holyrood to hold a second referendum, particularly following the UK’s departure from the EU, which Scotland voted against by 63 percent to 37 percent four years ago.
Ms Sturgeon says the move would allow Scotland to leave the UK and rejoin the EU on its own.
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If the country left the UK, it would theoretically be free to join the bloc.Scotland meets the EU’s membership requirements and could be ushered through the normal application process quickly, according to experts on the issue.
Drew Scott, a professor at Edinburgh Law School, previously said: “The mood in Brussels today is quite different from the mood in Brussels in 2014 before the independence referendum.”
“I think Scotland could take its place relatively comfortably, relatively quickly providing we’re prepared to accept the obligations of membership and assuming we had achieved independence by a constitutional due process.”
It comes after European Commission President Ursula von der Leyenopened the door to Scotland potentially joining the bloc.
Hungarian MEP, István Ujhelyi of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats Group asked “What are the chances for independent Scotland to join the European Union?”
In response, Ms von der Leyen said: “Any European State, which respects and promotes the values of the EU, may apply to become a member of the Union.”
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