EU flag replaced with Commonwealth flag in Gibraltar

SIGN OF THE TIMES: The EU flag has been replaced in Gibraltar SIGN OF THE TIMES: The EU flag has been replaced in Gibraltar ©HM Government of Gibraltar

THE flag of the European Union which flies at different points in Gibraltar has been lowered today (Friday) and replaced by the flag of the Commonwealth.

This is to mark Commonwealth Day which will be commemorated on Monday and which is a public holiday.

It has been traditional for the Commonwealth flag to fly on that day over No 6 Convent Place, which is the seat of Government in Gibraltar. However, this year the Government decided to expand that symbolic gesture by additionally flying the Commonwealth flag at the border, Princess Caroline’s Battery, the John Mackintosh Hall and Duke of Kent House as well.

Commenting on the matter, the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia said: “Hoisting the flag of the Commonwealth is a symbol of our commitment to the values and the traditions that the organisation represents.

“It is a reflection of the position that Gibraltar and the United Kingdom are leaving the European Union in 2019 and of the policy of the Government of expanding our links with the Commonwealth at the same time.”

John Smith

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