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Tory MP defends petition to make Union Jack a ‘legal requirement’ on Welsh number plates

31 Jan 2022 4 minutes Read
Andrew Rosindell MP. UK Parliament (CC3.0).

An English Tory MP has defended a petition to make Union Jack branding a “legal requirement” on Welsh number plates.

Andrew Rosindell, who represents the constituency of Romford, had come under fire for wanting to force all new UK number plates to carry the flag, whether the vehicle owners want to or not.

Following an online backlash, in which the petition was mocked and scorned, the conservative politician argued that the Union Jack should be the “default” for all new number plates in the UK, but said that there was “room” for the Welsh flag too.

Rosindell told the Express: “It used to be that the default for number plates was the European flag but now we are out of the EU it should be the Union Jack.

“That is not to say that we should not allow the cross of St George for England or the Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish flags on as well. There is plenty of room but the default should be the Union Jack.”

The Conservative politician shared it with its title: “Petition: Require the Union Flag on all new UK number plates”.

The petition which was started by Daniel Homer, states: “The Union Flag is a symbol of Unity and strength of our United Kingdom and is highly regarded at both home and abroad.

“Now that the United Kingdom has left the European Union, we the undersigned request the UK Government places the Union Flag on all new UK vehicle number plates.

“At present the number plate is optional and the flag is not required, we ask the government to change the rules to ensure all new plates are sold with the Flag, as a legal requirement.”

‘Scorn and ridicule’ 

Rosindell’s backing of the petition prompted a mixture of scorn and ridicule online.

Dai Brownie said: “These idiots are obsessed with this bloody flag”.

Mike Hawkins said: “The flag got nothing to do with Wales, so why would we want to display it on our vehicles?”

Social media expert Owen Williams responded, saying: “Petition: Require Andrew Rosindell MP to go f*** himself.”

Andrew Hale said: “Another example of Muscular Unionism! Thankfully it will be counter productive. We have our own flag!”

Pete Howell said: “Utter and total contempt for us. Independence is the only way out of this madness”.

Cheryl Crichton-Edwards: “I am English and I would refuse to have one. Hasn’t he got something better to do like eliminate poverty or save the NHS?”.

If the petition gains 10,000 signatures, the UK Government will officially respond to it. If it gains 100,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate in the Westminster Parliament.

‘God Save the Queen’ 

Rosindell has previously called for children to sing God Save the Queen in school assembly, at least once a week.

He argued that the musical tribute to the British monarch, which is also the anthem for England’s sports teams “represents literally everybody”.

The Conservative politician made the suggestion during in interview with Good Morning Britain on ITV.

He said that “young people are patriotic” and that “our country needs unity and needs patriotism”.

Rosindell also suggested that singing God Save the Queen is “cool” and that the BBC stopped broadcasting the song every day because it is “PC”.

He was invited on the show to discuss his suggestion in the House of Commons, that public broadcasters, that include the likes of the BBC, Channel 4 and S4C , should play God Save the Queen at the end of each day.

Nadine Dorries, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who controls the budget as well as the regulation of S4C, described his question on the subject as a “fantastic” one.


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Grayham Jones
3 months ago

No English flags in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 and definitely no English royals in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Carol Loughlin
Carol Loughlin
3 months ago
Reply to  Grayham Jones

*Wales

Stuart Cane
Stuart Cane
3 months ago

If they want to keep Wales, how about adding Wales to the Union Jack?

Gareth Wyn Jones
Gareth Wyn Jones
3 months ago
Reply to  Stuart Cane

The dragon on the butcher’s apron? Over our dead bodies

Cai Wogan Jones
Cai Wogan Jones
3 months ago

I actually prefer the idea of Welsh number plates bearing the English royal standard coupled with the date “1282”.

Lest we forget.

Kiosk
Kiosk
3 months ago

The Union Flag is a symbol of unity and strength of our United Kingdom and is highly regarded at both home and abroad – My A**E!

M.R.
M.R.
3 months ago
Reply to  Kiosk

Indeed. There will be no Union Jack on my car despite what this muppet says we should have. I have two words for him. Think you can guess what they are.

Argento Magus
Argento Magus
3 months ago

Bless his little cotton socks, but poor Andrew Rosindell is obviously trapped in the time warp of British Empire as portrayed by Rudyard Kipling and Baden Powell. He is incapable of seeing the Butcher’s Apron for what it truly is.

Gareth Wyn Jones
Gareth Wyn Jones
3 months ago
Reply to  Argento Magus

They are proud of it. The don’t care about the looting, ethnic cleansing and murder that was done it’s shadow. It is not called the butcher’s apron for nothing

Lolly Mountjoy
Lolly Mountjoy
3 months ago

I’ve got a huge dragon flag on the roof of my mini it will overshadow anything else and I’ve covered the little Union Jack on my husbands Landrover with a Yes Cymru Sticker 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
3 months ago
Reply to  Lolly Mountjoy

Caps off, boys!

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
3 months ago

I’ve said this before but we should rename the Union Jack the Union J@ckoff on the grounds that the so-called ‘union’ is just a load of old w@nk.

This post will probably get deleted but what the hell.

Gareth Wyn Jones
Gareth Wyn Jones
3 months ago
Reply to  Barry Pandy

Well said!

Malcolmrj
Malcolmrj
3 months ago

His that cowing idiot for real held in high regard at home and abroad is that why it’s known as the BUTCHER’S APRON in many countries around the world and if they are so proud of they’re history why was I not taught any Welsh history about the ethnic cleansing of Wales for hundreds of years there is no way that blood soaked FLAG is going to be on my car after what they did to my country and most of the world

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
3 months ago

The Arms of Meirionnydd will be displayed on the back of my car just as soon as I can fix it…

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
3 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

I note that my new (Welsh) driving licence has a ‘union’ flag on it. How about we crowd fund printing some tiny stickers to place over it? Not sure what the Boys in Blue would make of it but, worth a try.

Richard 1
Richard 1
3 months ago
Reply to  Peter Cuthbert

Count me in

Mr Williams
Mr Williams
3 months ago

My response to Andrew Rosindell:

“No, I won’t comply!”

Simple as.

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